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1180 King Louis VII of France died.

1709 Author and dictionary maker Samuel Johnson was born.

1759 Quebec surrendered to the British.

1765 Pope Gregory XVI was born.

President George Washington1793 President George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol.

1810 Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1819 Physicist Jean Foucault was born.

1851 The first issue of the New York Times was published.

John George Diefenbaker1895 John George Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

Alberto Santos-Dumont1898 Alberto Santos-Dumont demonstrated his first dirigible.

1905 Actor Eddie Anderson was born.
1905 Actress Greta Garbo was born.
1905 Choreographer Agnes de Mille was born.

Thomas Selfridge1908 Thomas Ethelon Selfridge became the first person to die as the result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash.

1920 Actor Jack Warden was born.

1927 The Columbia Broadcasting System began operations, with 16 radio stations.

1931 Japanese forces invaded Manchuria.

1933 Actor Robert Blake was born.
1933 Professional hockey coach Scotty Bowman was born.
1933 Actor Fred Warren was born.

1934 Businessman Neil Clark Warren was born.

1940 Singer Frankie Avalon was born.

United States Air Force1947 The United States Air Force was established.
1947 The Department of Defense was created by act of Congress.

Kerry Livgren1949 Rock musician Kerry Livgren was born.
1949 Actor Frank Morgan died.

1957 "Wagon Train" premiered on NBC-TV.

1959 Vanguard III was launched from Cape Canaveral.

Dag Hammarskjold1961 Dag Hammarskj÷ld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was killed in a plane crash in Africa.
1961 Actor James Gandolfini was born.

1964 Plawright Sean O'Casey died.

1970 Guitarist Jimi Hendrix died.

1971 Cyclist Lance Armstrong was born.
1971 Actress Jada Pinkett Smith was born.

1972 Actor Michael Landes was born.

1975 Newspaper heiress/kidnap victim Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco.

1994 Tennis player Vitas Gerulaitas died.

Roger Clemens1996 Roger Clemens became the only player in Major League history to strike-out 20 players in one 9-inning game twice.

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