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1085 Pope Gregory VII died.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca1681 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.

John Burgoyne1775 General John Burgoyne took command of British troops in America.

Constitutional Convention1787 The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson1803 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.

John R. Mott1865 John R. Mott, Protestant missionary statesman and influential part of the YMCA, was born.

1878 Jazz tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born.

St. Patrick's Cathedral1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was dedicated.

Igor Sikorsky1889 Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the first successful helicopter, was born.

1895 The Republic of Formosa was established.

Gene Tunney1897 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 Owens1935 Jesse Owens set three world track and field records.
1935 Babe Ruth hit the 714th and last home run of his career.

1936 Country singer Tom T. Hall was born.

1939 Actress Dixie Carter was born.

Golden Gate International Exposition1940 The Golden Gate International Exposition opened for a second season.

1943 The United States test-fired the world's first atomic cannon -- dubbed "Amazon Annie" -- at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
1943 Singer Jessi Colter was born.
1943 Actress Leslie Uggams was born.

1944 Puppeteer Frank Oz was born.

Jordan1946 Jordan gained independence from a League of Nations mandate.

1947 Actress Karen Valentine was born.

1950 The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opened in New York City.
Robby Steinhardt1950 Rock musician Robby Steinhardt was born.

1961 President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of landing a man on the Moon.

1962 The Isley Brothers released "Twist & Shout."

Organization of African Unity1963 A meeting of 32 independent African states in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended with the forming of the Organization of African Unity.
1963 Comedian Mike Myers was born.

1968 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.
1968 The Rolling Stones released "Jumping Jack Flash."

1969 The movie Midnight Cowboy was released, with an "X" rating.
The Voyage of the Ra1969 Thor Heyerdahl and a six-man crew set out aboard the Ra on a voyage across the Atlantic.
1969 Military officers staged a bloodless coup in the Sudan.

Skylab1973 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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