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1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought.

1394 - King Charles VI of France orders all Jews expelled from France.

1462 - The Battle of ?wiecino (or Battle of ?arnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years' War

1577 - Peace of Bergerac signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts, is founded.

1776 - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.

1787 - The United States forms and becomes a country.

1809 - Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.

1862 - American Civil War: George McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the Battle of Antietam.

1894 - Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1900 - Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.

1908 - Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge crashes a Wright Brothers airplane and becomes the first airplane fatality.


1914 - Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.

1916 - World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, won his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.

1920 - National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States.

1924 - The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.

1928 - The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in US history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defence War of 1939.

1939 - Taisto Mäki of Finland. New world record on 10.000m. 29.52.6. First time under 30 min. In Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland. The stadium was built for the 1940 Olympic Games after the games were moved there from Tokyo, Japan. The games never took place.

1943 - Russian city of Bryansk liberated from Nazis.

1944 - Allied Airborne troops parachute into Holland as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.

1947 - James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first Secretary of Defense of United States.

1948 - Lehi (also know as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arabs and Jews.

1949 - The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbor with the loss of over 118 lives.

1951 - Robert A. Lovett was sworn in as the 4th Secretary of Defense of United States.


1961 - The Minnesota Vikings play their first NFL game, defeating the Chicago Bears 37-13, with Fran Tarkenton throwing 4 touchdowns and running for 1 touchdown.

1967 - Jim Morrison and The Doors defy CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show. Morrison sang the lyrics, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" from the song, Light My Fire when asked not to.

1976 - The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA

1978 - The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.

1983 - Vanessa Williams becomes first African American Miss America.

1984 - Brian Mulroney is sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada.

1984 - Baseball: Reggie Jackson becomes the 13th member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.

1988 - Opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea.

1991 - North Korea, South Korea, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations.

1991 - The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

2001 - The Late Show with David Letterman is the first TV talk show to return to the airwaves six days after terrorists attack the United States in New York City and Washington D.C.

2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opens for the first time after the September 11 attacks. The stocks plummet throughout the trading session and posts its biggest point drop in its history closing down 684.81 points to 8920.70.

2004 - Tamil is declared first classical language in India.

2005 - The B.C. Lions make CFL history by winning 11 straight games, become the first team ever to do so in the CFL. This day was also the premiere for three new shows on Kids WB: Loonatics Unleashed, Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, and Johnny Test.


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