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1733 Polish landowners selected Stanislaw Lesczynski as their king.
1813 Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General of the United States, died.
1818 Inventor Richard Jordan Gatling was born.
1847 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.
1858 Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times, was born.
1869 Thesaurus publisher Peter Mark Roget died.
1880 Journalist Henry Louis Mencken was born.
1892 Publisher Alfred A. Knopf was born.
1897 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.
1913 Jesse Owens, Olympic track star, was born.
1940 The Lascaux Cave Paintings were discovered.
1944 Singer Barry White was born.
1953 John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1956 Auto racer Ricky Rudd was born.
U.S. Supreme Court ordered Little Rock (Arkansas) High
School to integrate.
Soviet Union launched Lunik II on a collision course for
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 11 was launched.
"Taxi" premiered on ABC-TV.
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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