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Hindi Diwas (India)
1523 Pope Adrian VI was born.
1638 Harvard University namesake John Harvard died.
1712 Astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini died.
1716 The first lighthouse in the American colonies was lit, in Boston Harbor.
1728 Matthew Boulton, factory operator and innovator, was born.
1752 Great Britain and its colonies officially adopted the Gregorian Calendar.
1769 Scientist Alexander von Humboldt was born.
1807 Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor treason charge.
1812 Retreating Russians burned Moscow as Napoleon Bonaparte advanced on the city.
1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner.
1836 Aaron Burr, 3rd Vice-President of the United States, died.
1847 U. S. forces led by General Winfield Scott marched into and occupied Mexico City, Mexico.
1849 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov was born.
1851 Novelist James Fenimore Cooper died.
1852 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, died.
1862 Union General Jesse Lee Reno died.
1867 Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson was born.
1868 Tom Morris scored the first recorded hole-in-one, at Prestwick's 8th hole.
1876 American politician Robert Barnwell Rhett died.
1879 Margaret Sanger, founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation, was born.
1886 George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
1898 Inventor William Seward Burroughs died.
1901 U. S. President William McKinley died.
1905 Pietro Savorgnan de Brazza, the first Governor of the French Congo, died.
1914 Actor Clayton Moore was born.
1923 Miguel Primo de Rivera became dictator of Spain.
1927 Dancer Isadora Duncan died.
1932 Arturo Alessandri led a military coup in Chile.
1936 Actor Walter Koenig was born.
1937 Tomas Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia, died.
1938 The Graf Zeppelin II made its maiden flight.
1939 Igor Sikorsky made the first successful flight of a helicopter.
1940 The U. S. Congress passed the first peace-time conscription bill.
1944 Actress Joey Heatherton was born.
1948 Ground was formally broken for the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
1949 India's Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi as an official language.
1953 Nikita Khrushchev was appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1958 The New York Yankees clinched their ninth pennant in 10 years under Manager Casy Stengel.
Soviet-launched Lunik II hit the Moon and became
the first man-made object rocketed from one cosmic body
1960 The Congolese army, headed by Colonel Joseph Mobutu, took over control of the Congo and ordered the arrest of Premier Patrice Lumumba.
1963 Quintuplets (4 girls and 1 boy) were born to Mrs. Andrew Fischer in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
1964 Freedomland U.S.A., billed as the world's largest amusement park, opened.
1965 "F-Troop" premiered on ABC-TV.
1968 "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV.
1975 Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was canonized as the first U.S.-born saint by Pope Paul VI.
1981 "People's Court" premiered.
1982 Princess Grace of Monaco died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
1984 Bette Midler and
Dan Akroyd hosted the first ever MTV Awards.
1985 "The Golden Girls" premiered on NBC-TV.
1987 Ivan Lendl beat Mats Wilander to win the Men's U. S. Open.
1996 Actress Juliet Prowse died.
1997 The Chicago White Sox retired Carlton Fisk's #72.
2002 Actress LaWanda Page died.
2003 Estonia approved joining the European Union in a referendum.
2005 Filmmaker Robert Wise died.
2009 Juan Martin del
Potro beat Roger Federer to win the Men's U. S. Open.
2017 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killed 23 persons.
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