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1861 The First Battle of Bull Run took place.
1864 Frances Folsom, wife of U.S. President Grover Cleveland, was born.
1873 The Jesse James and James Younger gang robs its first train, at Adair, Iowa.
1899 Author Ernest Hemingway was born.
1904 The Trans-Siberian Railway was completed.
1921 Frederick Banting began testing insulin on dogs.
1924 Actor Don Knotts was born.
1925 Tennessee teacher John Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution and fined $100.
1930 The United States Veterans Administration was formed.
Singer Cat Stevens was born.
1952 Comedian Robin Williams was born.
1960 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike was sworn in as the first woman Prime Minister in the world, of Ceylon.
1969 The first manned exploration of the Moon came to an end.
1967 Actor Basil Rathbone died.
1978 Juan Pereda Asbún declared himself President of Bolivia after deposing Hugo Banzer Suárez in a military coup.
1997 The USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") sailed under its own "power" for the first time in 116 years.
Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
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