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622 - Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina.

1493 - Christopher Columbus departs on his second expedition to the New World.

1664 - The Netherlands surrenders New Amsterdam to England.

1789 - The United States Supreme Court and the position of Attorney General are established.

1789 - The United States Post Office Department is established.

1841 - The Sultan of Brunei cedes Sarawak to Britain.

1852 - The first airship is displayed.

1869 - "Black Friday": Gold prices plummet as Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market.

1890 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy.

1903 - Edmund Barton steps down as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by Alfred Deakin.

1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower the nation's first National Monument.

1948 - The Honda Motor Company is founded.

1950 - Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe.


1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends United States National Guard troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

1962 - United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.

1973 - Guinea-Bissau declares its independence from Portugal.

1988 - Summer Olympics: Ben Johnson beats Carl Lewis and Linford Christie in 100 metres sprinting in a record time of 9.79 seconds. (Johnson would later be disqualified in a high profile case of doping in sports.)

1994 - National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various people to help fight against dictatorship of Myanmar.

2005 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.

2005 - Massive protest drawing 300,000 people to Washington DC in a march past the White house to end the war in Iraq



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