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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.
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 was published in the Baltimore Patriot.
1865 John R. Mott, Protestant missionary statesman and influential part of the YMCA, was born.
1876 G. Barbee rode Shirley to victory in the Preakness.
1878 Jazz tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born.
1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was dedicated.
1887 Agas lamp caused a fire at the Paris (France) Opera House that killed 200 people.
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 R. Clawson rode
Jean Beraud to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
1904 George Odom rode Delhi to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
1911 A revolution overthrew Mexican President José Porfirio Díaz.
1915 The Second Battle of Ypres ended.
1919 Sarah Walker, businesswoman known as "Madame C. J. Walker," died.
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.
1943 The United States
test-fired the world's first atomic cannon -- dubbed
"Amazon Annie" -- at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
1944 Puppeteer Frank Oz was born.
1946 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, New York.
1955 A Tornadoes destroyed Udall, Kansas, and most of Blackwell, Oklahoma.
1959 Little Rock, Arkansas, voters ousted three segregationist school board members and retained three moderates in a recall election.
1963 Comedian Mike Myers was born.
1968 The Gateway Arch
in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.
1969 The movie Midnight
Cowboy was released, with an "X" rating.
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.
1979 The move Alien was released.
1983 The movie Return of the Jedi was released.
7 million Americans joined hands hoping to raise more
than $50 million to fight hunger and homelessness in
"Hands Across America."
2007 Actor 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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