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  • 257 St Sixtus II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1125 Duke Lotharius of Supplinburg elected king of Germany
  • 1146 European leaders outlaw crossbow, intending to end war for all time
  • 1363 Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang—are pitted against each other in what was one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
  • 1464 Pietro Barbo elected to succeed Pope Pius II (Paul II)
  • 1481 2 Latvian monarchs executed for conspiracy to Polish king Casimir IV
  • 1563 Jewish community of Neutitschlin, Moravia, expelled
  • 1574 Guru Ram Das became the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
  • 1590 Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle. (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)
  • 1645 Dutch & Indians sign peace treaty (New Amsterdam (NY))
  • 1673 Leopold I, Spain, Netherlands & Lutherans form anti-French covenant

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1682 William Penn left England to sail to New World

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1721 Russian/Swedish Peace of Nystad, ends North Sea War

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1751 George Frideric Handel completes oratorio "Jephtha"

  • 1757 Battle at Gross Jagerndorf: Russian army beats Prussia [OS=Aug 19]
  • 1776 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 1781 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War
  • 1791 HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day, on her return from her search for the Bounty and the mutineers who had taken her

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1791 Thomas Jefferson responds to Benjamin Banneker's letter on the issue of slavery

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • 1799 Batavian fleet surrenders to British
  • 1800 Gabriel Prosser leads a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1813 Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
  • 1835 Melbourne, Australia is founded.
  • 1836 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen
  • 1843 1st time African-Americans participate in a national political convention (Liberty Party)
  • 1850 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city
  • 1860 1st British tram opens (Birkenhead)
  • 1861 John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 1862 Last day of 2nd Battle of Bull Run Va - Confederates beat Union forces
  • 1862 Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 1862 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 1873 Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
  • 1884 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves
  • 1885 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda
  • 1887 7th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • 1888 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day

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1890 President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1892 12th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • 1894 Frederick Lugard's expedition to Niger
  • 1895 Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education
  • 1896 Eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. Including provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite and Nueva Ecija
  • 1897 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
  • 1900 Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed
  • 1901 Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner
  • 1904 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
  • 1905 Pogoro/Ngindo attack Fort Mahenge German East-Africa

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1905 Tiger Ty Cobb makes his debut, doubling off Yank Jack Chesbro

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1906 Hal Chase became 1st Yank to hit 3 triples in a game
  • 1906 NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs
  • 1909 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
  • 1910 Yank Tom Hughes pitches 9 no-hit innings but loses to Cleve 5-0 in 11
  • 1912 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1
  • 1913 Phillies lead Giants 8-6 in top of 9th, fans in bleachers try to distract Giants, Umpire forefeits game to Giants, later overruled
  • 1914 1st German plane bombs Paris, 2 killed
  • 1914 Battle of Tannenberg (WWI) ends in destruction of Russian 2nd Narev army ca. 170,000 killed or injured
  • 1916 Boston's Dutch Leonard no-hits St Louis Browns, 4-0
  • 1918 Czechoslovakia forms independent republic

MurderAssassination Attempt

1918 Fanya Kaplan attempts but fails to assassinate Lenin, new leader of Soviet Russia

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1919 Ernst Toller's "Die Wandlung" premieres in Berlin

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1922 Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time in 1922

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1925 6th Iron pilgrim at Diksmuide Belgium
  • 1926 Jack Hobbs scores 316* at Lord's (Surrey v Middlesex)

Sport awardTennis Open

1927 41st U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall Shoemaker (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1928 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1932 Hermann Goering elected Chairman of the Reichstag

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933 Air France forms from five French airlines
  • 1933 Portuguese dictator Salazar forms secret police (PIDE)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1937 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
  • 1939 General Reijnders appointed supreme commander of Dutch army
  • 1939 Isoroku Yamamoto appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet
  • 1939 NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
  • 1939 Poland mobilizes
  • 1941 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII
  • 1941 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • 1942 Nazi-Germany annexes Luxembourg
  • 1944 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • 1944 Philip Yordan's "Anna Lucasta" premieres in NYC
  • 1944 Soviet troops enter Bucharest, Romania
  • 1945 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)
  • 1945 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th Symphony

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1945 General Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1945 Hong Kong liberated from Japanese
  • 1949 Roly Jenkins (Worcs v Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game
  • 1949 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • 1954 Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast
  • 1956 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • 1956 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • 1956 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens.
  • 1957 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1957 US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
  • 1960 Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • 1960 East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
  • 1961 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
  • 1961 J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court
  • 1961 Last Spanish troops leave Morocco

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1961 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1961 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • 1962 Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • 1963 Hotline communication link between Pentagon (Washington, D.C.) and the Klemlin (Moscow) installed
  • 1964 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Riverside Ladies Golf Open
  • 1965 Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball
  • 1965 Section of Allalin glacier wipes out construction site at Mattmark Dam near Saas-Fee, Switzerland

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1967 US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1968 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

Music concertMusic Concert

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1969 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1969 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • 1969 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • 1969 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • 1971 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1973 Danny Seiwell quits Wings
  • 1974 Express train runs at full speed into Zagreb, Yugoslavia, rail yard killing 153
  • 1974 Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 KTW-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)
  • 1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 1976 Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution
  • 1979 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep
  • 1979 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs)

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1979 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1979 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

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1979 US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1981 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic

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1982 PLO leader Yasser Arafat leaves Beirut

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1983 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • 1983 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, NY, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
  • 1983 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • 1983 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • 1984 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)
  • 1984 Red Sox Jim Rice grounds into record 33rd double play en route to 36
  • 1984 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1986 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • 1986 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
  • 1986 43rd Venice Film Festival: "Le rayon vert" directed by Eric Rohmer wins Golden Lion
  • 1987 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • 1987 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1987 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • 1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • 1987 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

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1987 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988 Kent Tekulve is 2nd pitcher in majors to appear in 1,000 games
  • 1990 Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in 1st inning
  • 1990 Tatarstan declares independence from the RSFSR.
  • 1991 Dan O'Brien sets US decathalon record with 8,812 points
  • 1991 Mike Powell of US sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)
  • 1991 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 1992 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • 1992 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances
  • 1992 92nd US Golf Amateur Championship won by Justin Leonard
  • 1992 David Lewett & Jane Luu discovers comet: "1992 QB1" 64 mil km from Sun
  • 1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Sun-Times Golf Challenge

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1993 150,000,000 millionth visitor to Eiffel Tower

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1993 Hassan II mosque opens in Casablanca, 2nd largest mosque in the world
  • 1994 Gund Arena in Cleve opens
  • 1994 Largest US Tennis Open single session (total) 23,618
  • 1995 Cable News Network joins internet
  • 1995 Tigers teammates Lou Whitaker & Alan Trammell play in 1,914 game together tying AL record
  • 1995 52nd Venice Film Festival: "Cyclo" directed by Anh Hung Tran wins Golden Lion
  • 1997 1st WNBA Championshion: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • 1997 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)
  • 1999 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • 2000 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2006 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2006 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion
  • 2012 Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone
  • 2012 A blast in the in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing

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2012 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a liquid ammonia leak at a cold storage plant in Shanghai, China
  • 2013 "12 Years a Slave" based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2014)
  • 2015 15th World Championships in Athletics close at Beijing, China
  • 2015 English author Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) reveals that he worked for MI6 for more than 20 years
  • 2015 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad calls for the removal of current Prime Minister Najib Razak during 2nd day of street protests

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2015 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West