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1666 The Great Fire of London began.
1743 Britain, Austria, and Savoye-Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.
1752 The United Kingdom and its American colonies formally adopted the Gregorian calendar, making the next day September 14.
1789 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.
1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Atlanta, Georgia.
1898 A machine gun was used in battle for the first time.
1901 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.
1911 Albin W. Longren flew the first airplane built in Kansas.
1919 The Communist Party of America was organized in Chicago, Illinois.
1924 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.
1940 Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated.
1942 Attorney Robert Shapiro was born.
1944 Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz.
1948 Football player Terry Bradshaw
1951 Actor Mark Harmon was born.
1952 Dr. Floyd J. Lewis used the
"deep freeze" technique in heart surgery for
the first time.
1955 Actress Linda Purl was born.
1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine black students from attending Little Rock's Central High School.
Governor George C. Wallace prevented the
integration of Tuskegee High School.
1964 Actor Keanu Reeves was born.
1966 Actress Salma Hayek was born.
1969 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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