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1733 Polish landowners selected Stanislaw Lesczynski as their king.

Edmund Randolph1813 Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General of the United States, died.

Richard Jordan Gatling1818 Inventor Richard Jordan Gatling was born.

Winfield Scott1847 U.S. forces led by General Winfield Scott defeated the Mexican army of General Antonio L. de Santa Anna at Chapultepec.

1848 Switzerland became a federal state.

Adolph S. Ochs1858 Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times, was born.

Peter Mark Roget1869 Thesaurus publisher Peter Mark Roget died.

H.L. Mencken1880 Journalist Henry Louis Mencken was born.

1892 Publisher Alfred A. Knopf was born.

Irene Joliot-Curie1897 Chemist Irčne Joliot-Curie was born.

1902 Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, President of Brazil, was born.

1910 The world's first female police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed, by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Jesse Owens1913 Jesse Owens, Olympic track star, was born.

1940 The Lascaux Cave Paintings were discovered.

1944 Singer Barry White was born.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy1953 John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

1956 Auto racer Ricky Rudd was born.

1958 The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Little Rock (Arkansas) High School to integrate.
integrated circuit1958 Jack Kilby demonstrated his integrated circuit at Texas Instruments.
J. Lindsay Almond1958 Virginia Governor J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., took control of the Warren County High School and ordered it closed to prevent its integration.
Louisiana State University1958 Sixty-nine blacks were enrolled at Louisiana State University's New Orleans branch.
tanker Melika1958 The Liberian tanker Melika collided with the French tanker Fernand-Gilabert in the Gulf of Oman; 64 seamen were rescued, but 22 were killed.

1959 The Soviet Union launched Lunik II on a collision course for the Moon.
1959 "Bonanza" premiered on NBC-TV.

1962 President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.

1964 Canyonlands National Park was established.

Gemini 111966 Gemini 11 was launched.
1966
"Monkees" premiered on NBC-TV.

1978 "Taxi" premiered on ABC-TV.
1978
Singer Ruben Studdard was born.

1980 Basketball player Yao Ming was born.

1990 The United States, United Kingdom, France, Soviet Union, East Germany, and West Germany signed agreements allowing the two Germanys to reunite.

1992 Actor Anthony Perkins died.

1993 Actor Raymond Burr died.

2003 Singer Johnny Cash died.

2005 Disneyland Hong Kong opened.

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