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1305 Archbishop Bertrand the Got of Bordeaux was elected Pope Clement V.

1316 King Louis X of France died.

1723 Economist Adam Smith was born.

Montgolfier Brothers1783 The Montgolfier Brothers gave the first public demonstration of their hot-air balloon.

1794 The U. S. Congress passed the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in the armed forces of foreign powers.

1806 The Batavian Republic became the Kingdom of Holland.

1846 A telegraph line between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland, went into operation.

1849 Denmark became a constitutional monarchy.

1850 "Wild West" figure Pat Garrett was born.

1879 George Evans rode Spendthrift to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1883 Economist John Maynard Keynes was born.

1886 Jim McLaughlin rode Inspector B to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1887 Anthropologist Ruth Benedict was born.

1900 Author Stephen Crane died.

1910 Author O. Henry died.

1912 United States Marines invaded Caimanera, Cuba.

1915 Denmark amended its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
George Byrne rode The Finn to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1920 The first rivet was driven on the Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell in San Francisco, California.

1922 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that unions are liable for damage or injury caused during strikes.

1925 Wiilie Macfarlane won the U. S. Golf Open.

1929 Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brewery, died.

1937 Charley Kurtsinger rode War Admiral to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1940 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company exhibited a synthetic rubber tire in Akron, Ohio.

1941 A Japanese air attack on Chongqing, China, killed at least 4,000 people who had taken refuge in a tunnel.

1942 The United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
1942 An explosion at the Joliet (Illinois) Army Ammunition Plant killed 48 persons.

1943 Philippine President José P. Laurel was shot four times while playing golf in Mandaluyong, and survived.
Johnny Longden rode Count Fleet to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1945 The "Big Four" formally stripped Germany of all lands conquered and occupied during World War II.

1946 Fire in the LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge in Chicago, Illinois, killed 61 persons.
George Hormel1946 Businessman George A. Hormel died.

George C. Marshall1947 U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall described the Marshall Plan.

1952 Jersey Joe Walcott defeated Ezzard Charles in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1953 Tennis player Bill Tilden died.

1954 The last episode of "Your Show of Shows" aired on NBC-TV.

1956 A U. S. federal court ruled racial segregation on Montgomery, Alabama, unconstitutional.
The last episode of the "Milton Berle Show" aired on NBC-TV.

1957 The collision of two trains near Cortazar, Mexico, killed 14 persons and left 16 others missing and presumed dead.
Clifton Truman Daniel1957 The first grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, Clifton Truman Daniel, was born.

1959 A head-on collision between two commuter trains near São Paulo, Brazil, killed 60 persons and injured at least 200.
1959 Lee Kuan Yew was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Singapore.

1965 John Sellers rode Hail to All to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1967 Israel launched simultaneous attacks on Egypt and Syria.

Robert F. Kennedy1968 Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.
1968 The U. S. Navy announced that the nuclear submarine Scorpion and its 99-man crew were "presumed lost."

1971 Walter Blum rode Pass Catcher to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Actor Mark Wahlberg was born.

1975 Hugh Tosteson won the U. S. National Spelling Bee, with "incisor."

Teton Dam1976 The Teton Dam in Idaho broke, sending a 15-foot-high wall of water downstream that left at least 9 people dead.
1976 Angel Cordero, Jr., rode Bold Forbes to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1977 The National Women of Kenya planted seven trees in Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, Kenya, to start the Green Belt Movement.
The Portland Trailblazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win the NBA Championship.

1981 Nolan Ryan threw the 1,777th walk of his career to set a new Major League Baseball record.

1982 Laffit Pincay, Jr., rode Conquistador Cielo to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Steve Cauthen1985 Steve Cauthen rode Slip Anchor to victory at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby and The Derby.

1988 The first Children's Miracle Network Telethon raised $590,000.

1989 The Skydome opened in Toronto, Canada, with a Blue Jays 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

1993 Julie Krone rode Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Singer Conway Twitty died.

1998 Workers at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, went on strike.
Jeannette Nolan1998 Actress Jeannette Nolan died.

1999 Jose Santos rode Lemon Drop Kid to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Singer Mel Tormé died.

2004 Edgar Prado rode Birdstone to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Ronald Wilson Reagan2004 Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, died.

2010 Mike Smith rode Drosselmeyer to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

2012 Author Ray Bradbury died.

2013 A lightning storm killed 44 persons in Bihar, India.

2015 A magnitude 6.0 earthquake killed 18 persons on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia.

2017 A bus collided with a truck in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, and caught fire, killing 22 persons.

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