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117 Roman Emperor Trajan died.

1549 King Henry II of France declared war on England.

1585 Pope Sixtus excommunicated King Henry of Navarre.

1619 Duke Maximilian I and Emperor Ferdinand signed the Treaty of Munchen.

1647 English Parliamentary forces defeated Irish forces in the Battle of Dungans Hill.

1700 Denmark and Sweden signed a peace treaty.

1709 Bartolomeu de Gusmao made the first known ascent in a hot-air balloon, indoors.

1763 Architect Charles Bulfinch was born.

1786 The U.S. Congress adopted the silver dollar and a decimal system of money.
1786 Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard became the first to reach the summit of Mont Blanc.

King Louis XVI1788 King Louis XVI called the French States and Generals together.

1796 The Bston African Society was established.

1839 Beta Theta Pi was founded in Oxford, Ohio.

1843 Natal was made a British colony.

1844 Brigham Young was chosen to head the Mormon Church.

1854 Smith & Wesson patented metal bullet cartridges.

1864 The Geneva Conference, which ultimately led to the founding of the Red Cross, began.

Matthew Henson1866 Matthew A. Henson, the first man to reach the North Pole, was born.

1868 Arica, Chile, was destroyed by an earthquake.

1870 The U.S. yacht Magic defeated the English yacht Cambria to win the America's Cup.

Thomas Edison1876 Thomas Edison was granted a patent for autographic printing (the mimeograph).

1884 Poet Sara Teasdale was born.

W.K. Kellogg1894 Brothers Will Keith and John Harvey Kellogg invented flaked wheat cereal.

1896 Poet Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born.

Cyrus Hamlin1900 Cyrus Hamlin, missionary and educator in Turkey, died.

1901 Physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence was born.

1902 The United States defeated the British Isles for the Davis Cup.

1903 The British Isles defeated the United States for the Davis Cup.

1911 The millionth patent was filed in the United States Patent Office, by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
1911 Public Law 62-5, setting the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives at 435, was passed.

1918 The Second Battle of Amiens began.

1919 Great Britain recognized Afghanistan's independence, via the Treaty of Rawalpindi.
Film and television producer Dino De Laurentiis was born.

1921 Actress Esther Williams was born.

1922 The Pittsburgh Pirates scored a record 46 hits in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.

1932 Singer Mel Tillis was born.

1936 Glenn Morris scored a record 7,254 points in the Olympics decathlon.

1937 Actor Dustin Hoffman was born.

1938 Singer Connie Stevens was born.

1945 The United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and France signed the Treaty of London.

1947 Actor Larry Wilcox was born.

1949 Bhutan became an independent monarchy.
Actor Keith Carradine was born.

1950 Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel.

1953 Actor Donny Most was born.

1956 An explosion and fire killed 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium.

1958 Television journalist Deborah Norville was born.

1960 Ivory Coast declared its independence.
1960 South Kasai seceded from the Congo.

1963 A masked gang robbed a Glasgow-to-London mail train of about $2.8 million.

1967 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand met to form the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1972 The New York Yankees signed a 30-year lease to play on the remodeled Yankee Stadium.

President Nixon announces his resignation1974 President Richard Nixon publicly announced that he would resign from office at noon the next day.

1975 China's Banqiao Dam failed, causing the deaths of 229,000 people.

1978 Pioneer Venus 2 was launched by the United States.

1981 Tennis player Roger Federer was born.

1982 Ray Floyd won the PGA Championship.

1983 Guatemalan dictator Efraín Rios Montt was ousted in a military coup.

Louise Brooks1985 Silent film actress Louise Brooks died.

1987 Lynne Cox became the first person to swim from the United States to Russia across the Bering Strait.

1989 David Lange resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

1990 Iraq annexed Kuwait as its 19th province.

1991 Shi'ite Muslim radicals released British hostage John McCarthy.
James Irwin, the 8th man to walk on the Moon, died.

1993 Tropical storm Bret killed about 100 people in Venezuela.

2000 The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised to the surface.

2004 Actress Fay Wray died.

2005 Actress Barbara Bel Geddes died.

2008 The 29th Olympic Games opened in Beijing, China.

2013 A suicide bombing killed 28 persons in Quetta, Pakistan.
2013 A suicide bombing killed 14 persons in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
2913 A shooting spree in Dallas, Texas, left 4 persons dead and 4 others wounded.

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