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1625 - King Charles I is married to the French princess Henrietta Maria de Bourbon

1774 - Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.

1777 - American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette lands near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army.

1798 - Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is founded.

1805 - Lewis and Clark Expedition: Scouting ahead of the expedition, Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River.

1871 - In Labrador, a hurricane kills 300 people.

1881 - The USS Jeannette is crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.

1886 - A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia.

1898 - Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital.

1913 - Great Gorge and International Railway trolley passes under garbage chute in Niagara Falls, New York when it breaks, covering the passenger-loaded car in garbage.

1920 - The United States Postal Service rules that children may not be sent via parcel post.

1927 - A ticker-tape parade is held for aviator Charles Lindbergh down 5th Avenue in New York City.

1934 - Adolf Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice, Italy; Mussolini later describes the German dictator as "a silly little monkey".


1935 - In one of the biggest upsets in championship boxing, the 10 to 1 underdog James J. Braddock defeated Max Baer in Long Island City, New York, and became the heavyweight champion of the world.

1942 - The United States opens its Office of War Information, a center for production of propaganda.

1944 - World War II: Germany launches a counter attack on Carentan.

1944 - World War II: Germany launches a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Only four of the eleven bombs actually hit their targets.

1952 - Catalina affair, a Swedish Douglas DC-3 was shot down by a Soviet MiG-15 fighter.

1953 - Hungarian Prime Minister Mátyás Rákosi is replaced by Imre Nagy

1966 - The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

1970 - "The Long and Winding Road" becomes the Beatles' last Number 1 song.

1971 - Vietnam War: The New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers. [1]

1977 - Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.

1981 - At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II .

1982 - Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid.

1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first manmade object to leave the solar system.


1992 - The Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League logged the first (and, to date, only) shutout in league history, defeating the San Antonio Force, 50-0.

1995 - French president Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.

1996 - The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.

1997 - A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to the death penalty for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

2000 - President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, president of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

2005- Michael Jackson found not guilty on charges of child molestation

2006 - Sonic Youth release their new album Rather Ripped


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