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1580 Francis Drake returned to England after having led the first English voyage around the world.
1687 The city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
1725 Automobile inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was born.
1772 New Jersey passed a bill requiring a license to practice medicine.
1815 Russia, Prussia, and Austria signed the Holy Alliance.
1820 American explorer and backwoodsman Daniel Boone died.
1838 Clockmaker Daniel Burnap died.
1842 Supporters of Mexican leader Santa Anna held a funeral for the general's leg, which had been amputated in 1838.
1868 Astronomer August Möbius died.
1870 King Christian X of Denmark was born.
1872 The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.
1875 Actor Edmund Gwenn was born.
1876 Social reformer Edith Abbott was born.
1888 Author T. S. Eliot was born.
1891 Conductor Charles Münch was born.
1892 The Diamond Match Company patented book matches.
1893 Actress Fay Holden was born.
1897 Giovanni Mattista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Pope Paul VI) was born.
1898 Songwriter George Gershwin was born.
1901 Great Britain annexed the Ashanti kingdom and placed it under the Governor of Gold Coast.
1902 Businessman Levi Strauss died.
1907 New Zealand gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1914 The Federal Trade Commission was
1918 The Battle of Meuse-Argonne began.
1919 Actress Barbara Britton was born.
1925 Singer Marty Robbins was born.
1926 The shortest double header ever was played; the Yankees lost 6-1 in 72 minutes and lost again 6-2 in 55 minutes to the Browns.
1927 Actor Patrick O'Neal was born.
1930 Actor Philip Bosco was born.
1933 Actress Donna Douglas was born.
1934 The liner Queen Mary was launched.
1936 Winnie Mandela, wife of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, was born.
1937 Boston merchant and philanthropist Edward Albert Filene died.
1942 Actor Kent McCord was born.
1945 Musician Bryan Ferry was born.
1946 Actress Mary Beth Hurt was born.
1947 Singer Lynn Anderson was born.
1948 Singer Olivia Newton-John was born.
1951 Fashion designer Lane Bryant died.
1954 Five ferryboats sank in a typhoon that hit Japan, killing about 1,600 persons.
1956 Actress Linda Hamilton was born.
1957 The musical West Side Story
opened on Broadway.
1959 Typhoon Vera hit the Jaopanese
island of Honshu, killing 4,580 persons.
1960 The first of four televised debates between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy was held in Chicago.
1962 The Yemen Arab Republic was
1964 Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV.
1965 Queen Elizabeth II decorated the
Beatles with the Order of the British Empire.
1968 Hawaii Five-0 premiered
1969 The Beatles released Abbey Road.
1972 The American Museum of Immigration was dedicated.
1973 The Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
1975 Herman G. Fisher, co-founder of Fisher-Price Toys, died.
1980 The Cuban government closed Mariel Harbor, ending the "freedom flotilla."
1981 Tennis player Serena Williams was born.
1982 "Knight Rider" premiered on NBC-TV.
1986 Patrick Ewing returned to "Dallas."
1992 A Nigerian Air Force Hercules C-130 crashed soon after taking off from Lagos, Nigeria, killing 153 persons.
2000 Actor Richard Mulligan died.
2002 The Senagalese ferry MV Joola capsized off the coast of Gambia, killing more than 1,000 persons.
2003 Singer Robert Palmer died.
2008 Actor Paul Newman died.
2009 Typhoon Ketsana caused 700 deaths in the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos,and Thailand.
2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump held their first presidential debate.
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