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1085 Pope Gregory VII died.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca1681 Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca died.

1738 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ended the Conojocular War.

John Burgoyne1775 General John Burgoyne took command of British troops in America.

Constitutional Convention1787 The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson1803 Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born.

1825 The American Unitarian Association was founded.

1844 The first telegraphed news dispatch was published in the Baltimore Patriot.

John R. Mott1865 John R. Mott, Protestant missionary statesman and influential part of the YMCA, was born.

1876 G. Barbee rode Shirley to victory in the Preakness.

1878 Jazz tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born.

St. Patrick's Cathedral1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was dedicated.

1887 Agas lamp caused a fire at the Paris (France) Opera House that killed 200 people.

Igor Sikorsky1889 Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the first successful helicopter, was born.

1895 The Republic of Formosa was established.
1895 Fred Taral rode Belmar to victory in the Preakness.

Gene Tunney1897 Boxer Gene Tunney was born.

1898 Bennett Cerf, founder of Random House, was born.

1899 R. Clawson rode Jean Beraud to victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Painter Rosa Bonheur died.

1904 George Odom rode Delhi to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Porfirio Diaz1911 A revolution overthrew Mexican President José Porfirio Díaz.

1915 The Second Battle of Ypres ended.

1919 Sarah Walker, businesswoman known as "Madame C. J. Walker," died.

1926 Actor Claude Akins was born.

1929 Opera singer Beverly Sills was born.

1932 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, first appeared in "Mickey's Revue" by Walt Disney.

Jesse Owens1935 Jesse Owens set three world track and field records.
1935 Babe Ruth hit the 714th, and last, home run of his career.

1936 Country singer Tom T. Hall was born.

1939 Actress Dixie Carter was born.

Golden Gate International Exposition1940 The Golden Gate International Exposition opened for a second season.

1943 The United States test-fired the world's first atomic cannon -- dubbed "Amazon Annie" -- at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
1943 Singer Jessi Colter was born.
1943 Actress Leslie Uggams was born.

1944 Puppeteer Frank Oz was born.

Jordan1946 Jordan gained independence from a League of Nations mandate.

1947 Actress Karen Valentine was born.

1950 The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opened in New York City, New York.
Robby Steinhardt1950 Violinist Robby Steinhardt was born.

1955 A Tornadoes destroyed Udall, Kansas, and most of Blackwell, Oklahoma.

1959 Little Rock, Arkansas, voters ousted three segregationist school board members and retained three moderates in a recall election.

1961 U. S. President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of landing a man on the Moon.
King Hussein1961 King Hussein of Jordan married Antoinette Gardiner.

1963 Comedian Mike Myers was born.

1968 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.
1968 The Rolling Stones released "Jumping Jack Flash."

1969 The movie Midnight Cowboy was released, with an "X" rating.
The Voyage of the Ra1969 Thor Heyerdahl and a six-man crew set out aboard the Ra on a voyage across the Atlantic.
1969 Military officers staged a bloodless coup in the Sudan.

Skylab1973 The first astronauts boarded the Skylab Space Station.

1975 Rock musician Lauryn Hill was born.

1977 The first movie in the Star Wars series was released.

1979 The move Alien was released.

1983 The movie Return of the Jedi was released.

1986 Approximately 7 million Americans joined hands hoping to raise more than $50 million to fight hunger and homelessness in "Hands Across America."
Chester Bowles1986 American diplomat Chester Bowles died.

2007 Actor Charles Nelson Reilly died.

2011 Oprah Winfrey ended her show after 25 years.

2012 A SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station.

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