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Revolution Day (Egypt)

1540 Turkey recognized Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary.

Casimir Pulaski1777 Polish cavalry officer Casimir Pulaski arrived in America with an offer of assistance in the fight for independence.

Roger Sherman1793 Roger Sherman, signer of four of the most important documents in U.S. history, died.

Napoleon Bonaparte1798 Napoleon Bonaparte captured Alexandria, Egypt.

1816 Actress Charlotte Cushman was born.

1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler, the second wife of U.S. President John Tyler, was born.

1829 William Austin Burt patented the "typographer" (typewriter).

1834 Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, was born.

1840 The Union Act was passed by the British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak1856 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, leader of the Indian independence movement, was born.

1865 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Edward Terry Sanford was born.

1866 The Cincinnati Baseball Club (Red Stockings) formed.

Isaac Singer1875 Isaac Singer, inventor of the first commercially successful sewing machine, died.

1877 The first U.S. municipal railroad, Cincinnati Southern, began operations.
1877 The first telephone and telegraph line in Hawaii was completed.

Ulysses Grant1885 Ulysses Grant, 18th President of the United States, died.

Raymond Chandler1888 Author Raymond Chandler was born.

1892 Haile Selassie, the last Emperor of Ethiopia, was born.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition1904 The ice cream cone was created by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

1906 The Third Pan-American conference convened.

1918 Baseball player Pee Wee Reese was born.

flag of Kenya1920 British East Africa was renamed Kenya and became a British crown colony.

1925 Lou Gehrig hit the first of his 23 career grand slam home runs.

1930 Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss died.

Alberto Santos-Dumont1932 Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian-French aviation pioneer, died.

1933 Game show host Bert Convy was born.

1936 Baseball player Don Drysdale was born.
1936 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was born.

1947 Actor Larry Manetti was born.

D.W. Griffith1948 Film director D.W. Griffith died.

King Farouk1952 Military officers overthrew the Egyptian monarchy of King Farouk.

Cordell Hull1955 Cordell Hull, U.S. Congressman and Secretary of State, died.

1959 An intercontinental jet plane flew 4,800 miles in 8 hours 54 minutes to set a New York-to-Moscow nonstop flight.

1961 Actor Woody Harrelson was born.

Telstar1962 The first-ever live transatlantic television signal was sent to and from the Telstar satellite.

1966 Actor Montgomery Clift died.

1971 Musician Alison Krauss was born.
William V.S. Tubman1971 Liberian President William V.S. Tubman died.

1972 The first Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) was launched.
1972 Comedian Marlon Wayans was born.

1973 White House intern Monica Lewinsky was born.
Eddie Rickenbacker1973 Aviator Eddie Rickenbacker died.

1974 Actress Stephanie March was born.

1982 Actor Vic Morrow died.

Prince Andrew1986 Prince Andrew of Great Britain married Sarah Ferguson.

1989 Actor Daniel Radcliffe was born.

1995 Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered.

Mohammed Zahir Shah2007 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan, died.

Sally Ride2012 Astronaut Sally Ride died.

2016 Thorbjörn Fälldin, two-time Prime Minister of Sweden, died.

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