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1831 Nat Turner launched a short-lived, violent slave rebellion in Virginia.


1858 The first of seven debates between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Ottawa, Ill.


1878 The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.


1904 Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie was born in Red Bank, N.J.


1940 Exiled Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin.


1945 President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II.


1983 Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.


1987 Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB.


1991 A hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.


2002 A jury in San Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home and killing her; he was later sentenced to death.


2006 British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.
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1485 England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.


1846 The United States annexed New Mexico.


1851 The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.


1893 Author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.


1904 Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province.


1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.


1968 Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.


1986 Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.


1989 Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif.


1996 President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.


2003 Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.


2005 The last Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip, ending decades of Israel's turbulent occupation.


2008 The U.S. carried out airstrikes in western Herat province in Afghanistan; according to a later U.S. estimate, the raid resulted in the deaths of 33 civilians and 22 militants. (The Afghan government and U.N. investigators said that 90 civilians had died.)
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1754 France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles.


1775 Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.


1914 Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.


1926 Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died at age 31.


1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.


1960 Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died at age 65.


1972 The Republican National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term.


1979 Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.


1989 Yusuf Hawkins, an African-American teenager, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by white youths in a Brooklyn neighborhood.


2000 An estimated 51 million viewers watched the first season finale of the reality show "Survivor" on CBS. Contestant Richard Hatch won the $1 million prize.


2003 Former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, was killed by a fellow inmate in a Massachusetts prison.


2005 Israeli forces evicted militant holdouts from two Jewish settlements, completing a historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.


2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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79 Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.


1572 The slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.


1814 British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol and the White House.


1857 The New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. failed, sparking the Panic of 1857.


1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours.


1949 The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.


1954 The Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.


1959 Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator, while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative.


1968 France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.


1970 A bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing a researcher.


1981 Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock musician John Lennon.


1989 Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling.


2006 The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."


2007 A judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and burying her alive.


2007 James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi.


2007 The NFL indefinitely suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick without pay for his involvement in dogfighting. (He was reinstated with conditions in July 2009 after serving 18 months in prison.)
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1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans.


1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.


1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.


1916 The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.


1921 The United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.


1943 U.S. forces overran New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II.


1950 President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.


1975 The album "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released.


1981 The U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures and data about the ringed planet.


1984 Author Truman Capote was found dead at age 59.


1985 Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her peace tour of the communist country, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.


1997 The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.


1998 Former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died at age 90.


2003 Tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in New York.


2008 Democrats opened their convention in Denver with a program that included a speech by Michelle Obama, wife of soon-to-be presidential nominee Barack Obama.
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1847 Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.


1910 Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia.


1939 Major league baseball was televised for the first time when experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.


1957 The Soviet Union announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.


1961 The International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.


1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.


1974 Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72.


1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and took the name John Paul I.


2003 Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.
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1770 German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.


1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.


1883 The island volcano Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.


1892 Fire seriously damaged New York City's original Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway and 39th Street.


1928 The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.


1945 American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.


1967 The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.


1975 Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa almost a year after being overthrown.


1979 British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion; the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.


2001 Israeli helicopters fired a pair of rockets through office windows in the West Bank town of Ramallah and killed senior PLO leader Mustafa Zibri.


2003 A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery.


2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation after a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.


2007 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.


2007 The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, had been arrested by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a Minneapolis airport restroom.


2008 Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
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1609 English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.


1828 Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was born near Tula.


1917 Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.


1922 The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. It was a 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid $100.


1947 Legendary bullfighter Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain; he died the following day.


1955 Emmett Till, an African-American teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. He was found murdered three days later.


1968 Police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.


1981 John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.


1996 Democrats nominated President Bill Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago.


1996 Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana were divorced after 15 years of marriage.


2002 Prosecutors indicted WorldCom executives Scott Sulivan and Buford Yates Jr. in connection with the company's collapse. Both later pleaded guilty to criminal fraud.


2005 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.


2008 Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.
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1533 The last Incan king, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.


1632 English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.


1877 Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.


1944 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.


1957 Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours, 18 minutes against a civil rights bill.


1965 Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.


1966 The Beatles performed their last concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.


1996 President Bill Clinton's chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute.


2000 Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemned human cloning and embryo experiments.
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1797 "Frankenstein" author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London.


1862 Union forces were defeated by the Confederates at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va.


1893 Huey P. Long, the "Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was born in Winn Parish, La.


1905 Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers.


1918 Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams was born in San Diego.


1941 Nazi forces began a siege of Leningrad during World War II that lasted nearly two and a half years.


1945 Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan and set up Allied occupation headquarters.


1965 The album "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan was released.


1967 The Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court.


1983 Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first African-American astronaut to travel in space when he blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.


1989 A federal jury in New York found "hotel queen" Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of extortion.


1990 President George H.W. Bush told a news conference that a "new world order" could emerge from the Persian Gulf crisis.


1993 "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS.


1999 Residents of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a U.N.-sponsored ballot.


2005 A day after Hurricane Katrina hit, floodwaters covered 80 percent of New Orleans, looting continued to spread and rescuers in helicopters and boats picked up hundreds of stranded people.
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