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1552 Italian statesman Paolo Sarpi was born.

Alaska1784 Gregory Shelikhov, a Russian trader, founded Three Saints Bay, the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska.

1848 The Oregon Territory was created.

Doc Holliday1851 Gambler and gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holliday was born.

Ernest Lawrence Thayer1863 Humor columnist Ernest Lawrence Thayer was born.

1867 English novelist John Galsworthy was born.

David Farragut1870 U.S. naval hero David Farragut died.

1888 The poem Casey at the Bat was "performed" in public for the first time.

Boxer Rebellion1900 International forces entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1917 China declared war on Germany and Prussia.

1925 Author Russell Baker was born.

1926 Singer Buddy Greco was born.
1926 Actress Alice Ghostley was born.

1935 The Social Security Act was signed into law.

1940 Singer Dash Crofts was born.

1941 The Atlantic Charter was announced.
Rock singer David Crosby was born.
1941 Country singer Connie Smith was born.
Paul Sabatier1941 Chemist Paul Sabatier died.

1944 Jockey Robyn Smith Astaire was born.

Japanese surrender1945 Japan accepted the Allied surrender terms.
Comedian-actor Steve Martin was born.

1946 Actress Susan Saint James was born.
1946 Singer-musician Larry Graham was born.
1946 Actor Antonio Fargas was born.

Pakistan1947 Pakistan became independent of British rule.
1947 Author Danielle Steel was born.

1950 Cartoonist Gary Larson was born.
1950 Rock singer-musician Terry Adams was born.

1951 Actor Carl Lumbly was born.

1953 Film composer James Horner was born.

1956 Actress Jackee Harry was born.

interstate highway system1957 A system for numbering interstate highways was devised.

1959 Explorer VI took the first television picture of Earth from space as it crossed over Mexico at an altitude of 19,500 miles.
Actress Marcia Gay Harden was born.
1959 Basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson was born.

1960 Singer Sarah Brightman was born.

1961 Actress Susan Olsen was born.

1964 Rock musician Keith Howland was born.

1965 Actress Emmanuelle Beart was born.

1966 Actress Halle Berry was born.

1968 Actress Catherine Bell was born.

1970 Rock musician Kevin Cadogan was born.

1971 Actor Scott Michael Campbell was born.

1972 Actress Lalanya Masters was born.

1973 The U.S. bombing of Cambodia officially ended.

1980 Workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

1983 Actress Mila Kunis was born.

2002 Pop artist Larry Rivers died.

2003 A blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada, leaving more than 50 million people without power.

2006 Actor Bruno Kirby died.

2016 Actor Fyvush Finkel died.

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