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1540 Former Chancellor of the Exchequer of England was indicted as a heretic.

1613 William Shakespeare's Globe Theater burned down.

1767 The Townshend Acts were passed by the British Parliament.

Virginia1776 The Virginia State Constitution was adopted.

1831 Confederate General John Bell Hood was born.

Nathaniel Macon1837 U. S. Congressman Nathaniel Macon died.

1841 Explorer Henry Morton Stanley was born.

Henry Clay1852 American politician Henry Clay died.

Gadsden Purchase1854 Parts of Arizona and New Mexico were purchased from Mexico for $10 million (the Gadsden Purchase).

George W. Goethals1858 Engineer George W. Goethals was born.

William James Mayo1861 William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, was born.
1861 Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning died.

1863 Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1868 Astronomer George Ellery Hale was born.

1871 The British Parliament authorized Canada to establish new provinces.

1880 France annexed Otaheite (Tahiti).

1882 Joseph Aloysius Hansom, inventor of the Hansom Cab, died.

Alexander Parkes1890 Alexander Parkes, inventor of the first man-made plastic, died.

1891 The U. S. National Forest Service was created.

Homestead Strike1892 Workers at a Carnegie-owned steel plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania, went on strike.

1895 Juliette Atkinson defeated Helen Hellwig 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 for the U. S. Women's National Championship.
Scientist Thomas Henry Huxley died.

1901 Elisabeth Moore defeated Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 for the U. S. Women's National Championship.
Singer/actor Nelson Eddy was born.

1904 Dorothea Chambers and Laurence Doherty won the Women's and Men's Singles Championships at Wimbledon.

Mesa Verde National Park1906 Mesa Verde National Park was created.
The U. S. Congress passed the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals.
Alex Smith won the U. S. Golf Open.
Henry Perky1906 Henry Perky, the inventor of Shredded Wheat, died.

Rasputin1914 Jina Guseva attempted to assassinate Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.

1919 Actor Slim Pickens was born.

1921 Suzanne Lenglen won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.

1929 The first high-speed jet wind tunnel was completed at Langley Field, California.

Fatty Arbuckle1933 Silent film star Fatty Arbuckle died.

1934 Henry Cotton won the British Golf Open.

1936 Baseball player Harmon Killebrew was born.

1940 The U. S. Congress passed the Alien Registration Act, requiring recent immigrants to register.

Stokely Carmichael1941 Civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael was born
Ignacy Jan Paderewski1941 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, composer, and statesman, died.

1943 Singer Eva Narcissus "Little Eva" Boyd was born.

1944 Actor Gary Busey was born.

1945 The Soviet Union annexed the Czechoslovak region of Ruthenia.

1947 A United Airlines passenger plane crashed while attempting to take off from La Guardia Field in New York, New York, killing 43 persons.
1947 The crash of an Icelandic Airways plane in northern Iceland killed 25 persons.
1947 Betty Jameson won the U. S. Women's Open Golf Championship.

1948 Actor Fred Granby was born.

1949 Football player Dan Dierdorf was born.

1952 Louise Suggs won the U. S. Women's Open Golf Championship.

1957 Betsy Rawls won the U. S. Women's Open Golf Championship.

1958 Brazil defeated Sweden for the FIFA World Cup.

1959 A flash flood killed 153 persons in Tolima Province, Colombia.
Soviet Exhibition1959 The Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology, and Culture opened in New York City, New York.

1964 Juanita Castro Ruz, sister of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, defected.

1967 Actress Jayne Mansfield and her partner Samuel S. Brody died in a car crash.

1969 Donna Caponi Young won the U. S. Women's Open Golf Championship.

1972 The United States Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the death penalty as ordinarily enforced by the states was a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Republic of Seychelles1976 Seychelles became independent of the United Kingdom.

1978 Actor Bob Crane was murdered.

1981 A bomb attack on the headquarters of the Islamic Party in Tehran, Iran, killed 72 persons.

1984 Pete Rose played in his 3,309th game to surpass Carl Yastrzemski's record.

1986 Argentina defeated West Germany for the FIFA World Cup.
1986 Sparky Anderson became the first Major League Baseball manager to win 600 games in both leagues.

1992 Algerian President Mohamed Boudiaf was assassinated by military officers during a speech in Annaba.

1995 Actress Lana Turner died.

2002 Singer Rosemary Clooney died.

2003 Actress Katharine Hepburn died.

2009 Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme.

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