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1733 Surveyor Jeremiah Dixon was born.
1752 Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene was born.
1782 Sergeants Elijah Churchill, William Brown, and Daniel Bissel were awarded the first Purple Hearts.
1789 The Department of War was created by act of Congress.
1814 Pope Pius VII reinstated the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
1834 Inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard died.
1885 Actress Billie Burke was born.
1888 Theophilus Van Kannel patented the revolving door.
1903 Anthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey was born.
1904 American diplomat Ralph Bunche was born.
1909 The first "Lincoln Penny" was issued.
1912 The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for President.
1927 The International Peace Bridge
1932 Diet plan entrepreneur Jenny Craig was born.
1940 Winston Churchill recognized
Charles De Gaulle's government-in-exile.
1941 Poet Rabindranath Tagore died.
1942 U.S. marines landed on
1944 IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator.
1957 Comic actor Oliver Hardy died.
1959 Explorer VI transmitted the
first television photo of Earth from space.
1960 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
gained independence from France.
1963 Jacqueline Kennedy became the first First Lady to give birth since Frances Cleveland.
1978 Honduran President Juan Alberto
Melgar Castro was overthrown in a bloodless coup.
1981 The Washington Star ceased publication.
1985 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri, and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
1989 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others were killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
1990 U.S. troops deployed to Saudi Arabia, beginning Operation Desert Shield.
2004 Oil well fire fighter Red Adair died.
2005 Television news anchor Peter Jennings died.
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