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1777 The Battle of Brandywine was fought.

Alexander Hamilton1789 Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

1814 An American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain.

1850 Jenny Lind gave her first U.S. concert.

Sylvester Graham1851 Sylvester Graham, advocate of vegetarianism and inventor of Graham crackers, died.

1857 A 120-member Arkansas immigrant party was slaughtered by Mormon settlers in southern Utah (known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre).

1862 William Sydney Porter, short-story writer who used the pseudonym O. Henry, was born.

1877 Scientist James H. Jeans was born.

1883 James Cutler patented the postal mail chute.

1885 Novelist D.H. Lawrence was born.

1891 The Jewish Colonization Association was established by Baron Maurice de Hirsch.

1893 The first conference of the World Parliament of Religions was held.

1903 The first auto race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, was held.

1910 The first commercially successful electric bus line opened in Hollywood, California.

1913 Football coach Bear Bryant was born.

Ferdinand Marcos1917 Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines, was born.

1919 U.S. Marines invaded Honduras.

1922 The British mandate of Palestine was created.
1922 The New York Yankees played their last home game at the Polo Grounds.

1923 Actress Betsy Drake was born.

1924 Football coach Tom Landry was born.

1928 Actor Earl Holliman was born.

Gherman Titov1935 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov was born.

Hoover Dam1936 Boulder (now Hoover) Dam was dedicated.

1940 Movie director Brian De Palma was born.

Pentagon1941 Construction of the Pentagon began.

1942 Actress-dancer Lola Falana was born.

1943 Rock musician Mickey Hart was born.

1945 Singer-musician Leo Kottke was born.

1950 The comic strip "Beetle Bailey" debuted.
1950 South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts died.

1953 Rock musician Tommy Shaw was born.
1953 Sports reporter Lesley Visser was born.

1954 The Miss America pageant was televised for the first time.
Actor Reed Birney was born.

1956 Singer-songwriter Diane Warren was born.

1957 Musician Jon Moss was born.

1958 Actor Scott Patterson was born.
1958 Rock musician Mick Talbot was born.
1958 Actress Roxann Dawson was born.

1961 Actress Virginia Madsen was born.

1962 Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as drummer for The Beatles.
Actress Kristy McNichol was born.

1967 Business reporter Maria Bartiromo was born.
1967 Entertainer Harry Connick, Jr., was born.
"The Carol Burnett Show" premiered on CBS.

1968 Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeluw was born.

1970 The Ford Pinto was introduced.

1971 Rock musician Jeremy Popoff was born.
Nikita Khrushchev1971 Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, died.

1973 Chilean President Salvador Allende was overthrown and killed in a military coup.

1975 Singer Brad Fischetti was born.

1977 Rock musician Jon Buckland was born.
1977 Rapper Ludacris was born.

1978 Actor Ryan Slattery was born.

1980 Actor Tyler Hoechlin was born.

1987 Actor Lorne Greene died.

1994 Actress Jessica Tandy died.

1997 Scotland voted to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.

2001 Two hijacked airliners were crashed into New York's World Trade Center, another smashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania.

2002 Actress Kim Hunter died.
2002 Football hall-of-famer Johnny Unitas died.

2003 Actor John Ritter died.

2009 Film and television producer Larry Gelbart died.

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