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1568 Mary Queen of Scots was defeated in the Battle of Langside.
1588 King Henri III fled Paris, France.
1607 English colonists arrived at the site of what became Jamestown, Virginia.
Parliamentary forces defeated Royalist forces in the
Battle of Grantham.
1717 Empress Maria Theresa of Austria was born.
1742 Manasseh Cutler, American minister, physician, scientist, and politician, was born.
1753 French military strategist and politician L.M.N. Carnot was born.
1819 Inventor Oliver Evans died.
1830 The Republic of Ecuador was founded, with Juan Jose Flores as its first President.
1832 Zoologist Georges Cuvier died.
1835 British town planner/architect John Nash died.
1842 Composer Arthur Sullivan was born.
1846 The U. S. Congress approved a declaration of war against Mexico.
1869 Robert Dalton, "Wild West" outlaw, was born.
1882 Toba Indians killed 20 members of a French expedition in Argentina.
1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the mechanical reaper, died.
1891 Isaac Murphy rode Kingman to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1911 George Archibald rode Meridian to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1913 Igor Sikorsky successfully demonstrated the first four-engine airplane.
1914 Boxer Joe Louis was born.
1916 Johnny Loftus rode George Smith to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1917 Three children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1918 The first U.S. airmail stamps were introduced.
1922 Albert Johnson
rode Morvich to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1927 Critic Clive Barnes was born.
1930 A farmer was
killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas.
1938 Actor Buck Taylor was born.
1939 Actor Harvey Keitel was born.
1941 Martin Bormann was named head of the Nazi Chancellery.
1942 The first cross-country flight of a helicopter in the United States was completed.
1947 Author Charles Baxter was born.
1949 The first
British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, made
its first test flight.
1950 Diner's Club
issued its first credit cards.
1952 Jawaharlal Nehru became Prime Minister of India.
1954 U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
S. Vice-President Richard Nixon and his wife were spat upon and their limousine
battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in
1961 Basketball player Dennis Rodman was born.
Stephen Colbert was born.
1965 Singer Lari White was born.
1966 Singer Darius Rucker was born.
1967 Actor Frank McGrath died.
labor unions staged a nationwide general strike.
1972 Actor Dan Blocker died.
1974 Golfer Denny Shute died.
1975 Musician Bob Wills died.
1978 Joie Chitwood drove a Chevette on just 2 wheels for 5.6 miles.
1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square.
Airlines filed for bankruptcy.
1985 A confrontation
between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, authorities and the
radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive
onto the group's headquarters; 11 people died in the
1992 For the first
time ever, three astronauts "walked" in space
1993 A methane gas explosion in a Secunda, South Africa, coal mine killed 50 persons.
1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado killed 600 people in Bangladesh.
1997 Race riots broke out in Jakarta, Indonesia.
1999 Golfer Gene Sarazen died.
2000 A fireworks factory in Enschede, Netherlands, exploded, killing 22 persons and wounding 950.
2004 The last episode of "Frasier" aired on NBC-TV.
2008 Saad Al-Abdullah
Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait, died.
2012 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroyed a bridge and 3,500 homes, and displaced 28,000 people.
2013 Psychologist Joyce Brothers died.
2014 An underground explosion and fire in the Soma Mine at Manisa, Turkey, killed 301 miners.
2017 A bus plunged off a cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing 23 persons and injuring 11 others.
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