French Abolish Slavery, Malaysia Forms, Steve Jobs Returns and a Mad Monk

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Important Events

  • 1620 The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England, with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World (O.S. 6 Sept)
  • 1795 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
  • 1810 Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day)
  • 1848 Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 1906 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay claim to have discovered the Magnetic South Pole in Antarctica
  • 1963 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak
  • 1978 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • 1997 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO
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Today in Film & TV

  • 1989 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award

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Today in Sport

  • 1957 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers
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Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan

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700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal

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Famous Weddings

  • 1862 Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii (1891-93) marries John Owen Dominis
  • 1936 American actor Henry Fonda (31) weds Canadian-American socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City
  • 1967 Comedic actor Bob Denver (32) weds second wife Jean Webber
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