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1216 Pope Innocent III died.
1487 The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.
1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle.
1624 Virginia became an English Crown Colony.
1673 King Louis XIV of France and Frederik Willem of Brandenburg signed the Peace of Vossem.
1774 Harrodsburg, Kentucky, was founded.
1779 Spain declared war on Great Britain in support of the American Revolution.
1822 Denmark Vessey led a slave rebellion in South Carolina.
1836 The London Working Men's Association was formed.
1858 William D. Boyce, founder of Boy
Scouts of America, was born.
1861 Filipino nationalist and reformist José Rizal was born.
1874 Arthur Meighen, two-time Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1878 Crawford Williamson Long, the first surgeon to use ether as an anesthetic, died.
1880 The Salvation Army was formed in London, England.
1881 Austria-Hungary and Serbia signed a military treaty.
1883 Panic at the Victoria Hall theater in Sunderland, England, killed 183 children.
1884 The first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
1890 Film comedian Stan Laurel was born.
1893 R. W. Ruckerheim invented Cracker Jack.
1894 Helen Hellwig defeated Aline Terry for the U. S. Women's National Championship.
1897 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States was signed.
1903 The Ford Motor Company was
1904 Eugen Schauman assassinated Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
1907 Actor Jack Albertson was born.
1909 Jim Thorpe made his professional baseball pitching debut.
1913 South Africa passed the Native Land Act, restricting the purchase or lease of land by native Africans.
1916 Basketball player Hank Luisetti was born.
1917 James Butwell rode Hourless to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
1920 José López Portillo, President of Mexico, was born.
1921 Bernard W. Rogers, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, was born.
1927 Tommy Armour won the U. S. Golf Open.
1930 Ezra Fitch, of Abercrombie & Fitch, died.
1931 The Harding Memorial was dedicated.
The National Industrial Recovery Act was
signed into law.
1937 Author Erich Segal was born.
1938 Author Joyce Carol Oates was born.
1939 Jazz musician Chick Webb died.
1941 The first federally-owned airport in the United States opened in Washington, D. C.
1943 Actress Joan Van Ark was born.
1945 Wayne D. Wright rode Polynesian to victory in the Preakness Stakes.
1946 Lloyd Mangrum won the U. S. Golf Open.
1951 Ben Hogan won the U. S. Golf Open.
1952 George A. Papendreou, Prime Minister of Greece, was born.
1955 Actress Laurie Metcalf was born.
1956 Gary Middlecoff won the U. S.
1957 Dick Mayer won the U. S. Golf Open.
1958 A Cruzeiro do Sul Convair hit a
tree while landing in a storm near Curitiba, Brazil,
killing 21 of the 27 persons aboard.
1959 Actor George Reeves died.
1960 The confederation
of Chad, Congo, and Central African Republic as the Union
of Central African Republics was announced.
1961 Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected.
1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the
first woman in space.
earthquake hit Niigata, Yamagata, and Akita prefectures,
Japan, killing about 30 persons.
1967 The Monterrey International Pop
Festival opened in Monterrey, California.
1968 Lee Trevino won the U. S. Golf Open.
1970 Golfer Phil Mickelson was born.
1971 Rapper Tupac Shakur was born.
1974 Hale Irwin won the U. S. Golf Open.
1977 Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun died.
1978 The movie Grease was released.
1979 Terrorists attacked a military
academy in Aleppo, Syria, killing some 50 cadets.
1980 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that laboratory-created life forms can be patented.
1983 Pope John Paul II visited Poland.
1985 Andy North won the U. S. Golf
1987 Joe Robbie Stadium opened in Miami, Florida.
1989 The movie Ghostbusters II was released.
1991 Boris Yeltsin was elected President of
1995 The movie Batman Forever
1996 The Chicao Bulls defeated the
Seattle Supersonics for the NBA Championship.
1997 Guerrillas killed about 50 people in Dairat Labguer, Algeria.
1998 The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals for the Stanley Cup.
2002 Tiger Woods won the U. S. Golf Open.
2008 Tiger Woods won the U. S. Golf Open.
2012 A car bomb killed 32 persons in
2013 Justin Rose won the U. S. Golf Open.
2015 The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship.
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