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1660 King George I of England was born.
1759 English statesman William Pitt was born.
1779 Poet-composer Thomas Moore was born.
1807 Naturalist Louis Agassiz was born.
1818 Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was born.
1843 Noah Webster, creator of the first dictionary of American English, died.
1867 The Senate ratified the Treaty of Cession of Russian America to the United States, authorizing the purchase of Alaska from Russia.
1888 Athlete Jim Thorpe was born.
1892 John Muir organized the Sierra Club.
1908 Author Ian Fleming was born.
1910 Blues guitarist Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker was born.
1911 Actress Thora Hird was born.
1917 Biologist Barry Commoner was born.
1918 Americans engaged in their first military action with Allies in France.
1928 Dodge Brothers Inc. and Chrysler Corporation merged.
1932 The first modern Purple Hearts were awarded.
1934 The Dionne quintuplets were born.
1940 The Belgian Army surrendered to Germany.
York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was born.
Doctor Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams was born.
1951 Willie Mays hit his first Major League home run.
1952 Women in Greece were given the right to vote.
1956 The Ryan X-13 "Vertijet" made its first vertical test flight.
1959 Two monkeys, Able and Baker, were launched into space from Cape Canaveral. They landed safely in the Caribbean Sea later that same day.
1961 Amnesty International was founded.
1964 The Palestine Liberation Organization was formed.
1968 Singer Kylie Minogue was born.
1971 Actor Audie Murphy died.
1972 Edward VIII, the only King of the United Kingdom to voluntarily abdicate, died.
1974 The first Daytime Emmys were awarded.
1984 An Unknown from the Vietnam War was interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
1998 Actor Phil Hartman was murdered.
2006 Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth's record.
2010 Actor Gary Coleman died.
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