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Independence Day (Eritrea)
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1543 Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died.
1686 Physicist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit was born.
1689 The English Parliament guaranteed freedom of religion for Protestants.
1743 French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat was born.
1795 American politician Silas Wright was born.
1819 Queen Victoria of England was born.
1825 Biologist Thomas Henry Huxley was born.
Had A Little Lamb" was published.
1832 The First Kingdom of Greece was declared.
1833 American politician John Randolph died.
1844 Samuel F.B. Morse sent the world's first telegraph message.
1846 General Zachary Taylor captured Monterey, Mexico.
1819 The SS Savannah departed from Savannah, Georgia, for Liverpool, England.
1854 Lincoln University, the first black college in the U.S., was founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson.
1870 Jan Christiaan Smuts, South African statesman, was born.
1876 The H.M.S. Challenger completed the first ever voyage to be undertaken for the purpose of studying the world's oceans.
1879 Journalist and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison died.
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic.
1908 Mafia boss Sam Giancona was born.
1918 American politician Coleman Young was born.
1921 Northern Ireland elected its first Parliament.
Cartoonist Brad Anderson was born.
1930 British aviator Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
1931 The first air conditioned passenger train went into service, on the B&O Railroad.
1938 Actor/comedian Tommy Chong was born.
1941 Singer Bob Dylan was born.
1943 Actor Gary Burghoff was born.
1944 Singer Patti LaBelle was born.
1945 Actress Priscilla Presley was born.
1951 Racial segregation in Washington, D.C., restaurants was ruled illegal.
1954 IBM announced a vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour.
1955 Country singer Rosanne Cash was born.
1958 United Press and International News Service merged into United Press International.
first house with a built-in bomb shelter was
exhibited, in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania.
1965 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a federal law allowing the Post Office to intercept communist propaganda was unconstitutional.
1969 Author Willy Ley died.
1974 Jazz musician Duke Ellington died.
1976 Air France from Paris and British Airways from London simultaneously began Concorde service to Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C.
Princess Margaret of Great
Britain divorced her husband,
the Earl of Snowdon.
1981 Actor George Jessel died.
1983 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate against students.
1984 Vince McMahon, Sr., founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, died.
1993 Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia.
1995 James Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of Great Britain, died.
2008 Comedian Dick Martin died.
2016 Actor Burt Kwouk died.
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