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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.
1793 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.
1895 John George Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1898 Alberto Santos-Dumont demonstrated his first dirigible.
Actor Eddie Anderson was born.
1908 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.
Actor Robert Blake was born.
1934 Businessman Neil Clark Warren was born.
1940 Singer Frankie Avalon was born.
The United States Air Force was established.
Rock musician Kerry Livgren was born.
1957 "Wagon Train" premiered on NBC-TV.
1959 Vanguard III was launched from Cape Canaveral.
Dag Hammarskj÷ld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was
killed in a plane crash in Africa.
1964 Plawright Sean O'Casey died.
1970 Guitarist Jimi Hendrix died.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong 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.
1996 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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