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1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) was printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.

1648 Peter Stuyvesant established America's first volunteer fire fighting force.

1777 General George Washington's troops attacked and were defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania.

1814 Painter Jean François Millet was born.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes1822 Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 19th President of the United States, was born.

Belgium1830 Belgium gained its independence from the Netherlands.

Wyandotte Constitution1859 Kansas voters approved the Wyandotte Constitution.

Frederic Remington1861 Artist Frederic Remington was born.

1880 The University of California was founded.

1881 Edward Leveaux patented the automatic player piano.

Buster Keaton1895 Silent movie star Buster Keaton was born.

1904 Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi died.

1915 Dinosaur National Monument was established.

Mobutu Sese Seko1930 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire, was born.

1931 The comic strip "Dick Tracy" debuted.

1933 The first issue of Esquire magazine was published.

1937 Author Jackie Collins was born.

Alfred E. Smith1944 Politician Alfred E. Smith died.

1946 Actress Susan Sarandon was born.

1947 Physicist Max Planck died.

1949 The United Nations headquarters in New York City was dedicated.

1956 The last edition of the Boston Post was published.

James R. Hoffa1957 James R. Hoffa was elected president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Sputnik I1957 Russia fired Sputnik I into space.
1957 "Leave It to Beaver" debuted on CBS-TV.

1958 Jet airliner commercial passenger service across the Atlantic was inaugurated by British Overseas Airway Corporation.

Luna 31959 Russia launched Luna 3.

Lesotho1966 Lesotho gained its independence from Great Britain.

Janis Joplin1970 Folk/rock singer Janis Joplin died.

1989 Comedian Graham Chapman died.

2004 Astronaut Gordon Cooper died.
2004 Actress Janet Leigh died.

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