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1666 The Great Fire of London began.

1743 Britain, Austria, and Savoye-Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.

Treasury Department1789 The Department of the Treasury was organized by act of Congress.

1838 Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii was born.

1839 Economist Henry George was born.

1858 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" was copyrighted.

1859 Gas lighting was introduced to Hawaii.

William Tecumseh Sherman1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Atlanta.

1898 A machine gun was used in battle for the first time.

Theodore Roosevelt1901 U.S. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt advised, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

1902 A Trip to the Moon, considered the first science fiction film, was released.

Albin Longren1911 Albin W. Longren flew the first airplane built in Kansas.

1919 The Communist Party of America was organized in Chicago.

Daniel Torotich Arap Moi1924 Daniel Torotich Arap Moi, the second President of Kenya, was born.

1929 Unilever was formed by merger of Margarine Union and Lever Bros.

1930 The first non-stop airplane flight from Europe to the United States was completed.

1936 The first transtlantic round-trip air flight was completed.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park1940 Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated.

1942 Attorney Robert Shapiro was born.

1944 Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz.

Surrender of Japan1945 Japan formally surrendered to the Allies.
Vietnam1945 Vietnam declared its independence from France.

1948 Football player Terry Bradshaw was born.
1948 Teacher/astronaut Christa McAuliffe was born.

1951 Actor Mark Harmon was born.

1952 Dr. Floyd J. Lewis used the "deep freeze" technique in heart surgery for the first time.
1952 Tennis player Jimmy Connors was born.

1955 Actress Linda Purl was born.

Orval Faubus1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine black students from attending Little Rock's Central High School.

George C. Wallace1963 Alabama Governor George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School.
1963 CBS and NBC expanded their network news broadcasts from 15 to 30 minutes.

1964 Actor Keanu Reeves was born.

1966 Actress Salma Hayek was born.

Automated Cash Dispenser1969 The first automatic teller machine in the United States was installed in Rockville Centre, New York.

1973 Author J.R.R. Tolkein died.

2001 Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world's first heart transplant, died.

2005 Actor Bob Denver died.

2016 Islam Karimov, former President of Uzbekistan, died.

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