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1085 Pope Gregory VII died.
1681 Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca died.
1738 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ended the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
1775 General John Burgoyne took command of British troops in America.
1787 The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia.
1803 Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born.
1825 The American Unitarian Association was founded.
1844 The first telegraphed news dispatch is published in the Baltimore Patriot.
1865 John R. Mott, Protestant missionary statesman and influential part of the YMCA, was born.
1878 Jazz tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born.
1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was dedicated.
1889 Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the first successful helicopter, was born.
1895 The Republic of Formosa was established.
1897 Boxer Gene Tunney was born.
1898 Bennett Cerf, founder of Random House, was born.
1899 Painter Rosa Bonheur died.
1925 John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching evolution in his high school science class.
1926 Actor Claude Akins was born.
1929 Opera singer Beverly Sills was born.
1932 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, first appeared in "Mickey's Revue" by Walt Disney.
Jesse Owens set three world track and field records.
1936 Country singer Tom T. Hall was born.
1939 Actress Dixie Carter was born.
1940 The Golden Gate International Exposition opened for a second season.
United States test-fired the world's first atomic cannon
-- dubbed "Amazon Annie" -- at Frenchman Flat,
1944 Puppeteer Frank Oz was born.
1946 Jordan gained independence from a League of Nations mandate.
1947 Actress Karen Valentine was born.
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opened in New York City.
1961 President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of landing a man on the Moon.
1962 The Isley Brothers released "Twist & Shout."
1963 A meeting of 32
independent African states in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
ended with the forming of the Organization of African Unity.
Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.
movie Midnight Cowboy was released, with an
1973 The first astronauts boarded the Skylab Space Station.
1975 Rock musician Lauryn Hill was born.
1977 The first movie in the Star Wars series was released.
1978 The first Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino opened.
1979 The move Alien was released.
1983 The movie Return of the Jedi was released.
1986 Approximately 7 million Americans joined hands hoping to raise more than $50 million to fight hunger and homelessness in "Hands Across America."
2007 Comedian Charles Nelson Reilly died.
2011 Oprah Winfrey ended her show after 25 years.
2012 A SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station.
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