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Independence Day (Philippines)

Pope Leo III816 Pope Leo III died.

1776 The Virginia Constitutional Convention adopted a Declaration of Rights.

1806 Bridge designer John A. Roebling was born.

1819 Novelist Charles Kingsley was born.

1838 The Territory of Iowa was organized.

1849 Lewis Haslett patented the gas mask.

1851 Physicist Oliver Lodge was born.

1859 The Comstock Silver Lode was discovered in Nevada.

1867 The Austro-Hungarian Empire was formed.

1880 Lee Richmond pitched the first ever perfect game.

Erich Koch1896 Nazi official Erich Koch was born.

Robert Anthony Eden1897 Robert Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.

The Philippines1898 The Philippines became independent of Spanish rule.

1903 The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity was founded at the University of Michigan School of Music.

1917 King Constantine of Greece abdicated.
1917 The
Secret Service extended its protection of the President to his family.

1924 George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, was born.

1929 Anne Frank, of The Diary of Anne Frank "fame," was born.

Al Capone1931 Al Capone was indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury.

1935 Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15 hours in the U.S. Senate's longest speech on record.
Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs,
"Love and Kisses" and "I'll Chase the Blues Away."

1939 The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.

1944 The first V-1 flying bomb attack was carried out on London.

1955 The last new episode of "Mr. Peepers" aired on NBC-TV.

Mayflower II1957 Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower, arrived at Provincetown, Massachusetts, 53 days after leaving Plymouth, England.

1963 Civil rights leader Medgar W. Evers was killed by a sniper's bullet outside his Jackson, Mississippi, home.

1964 Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was jailed for life for sabotage.

1967 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ended laws against interracial marriages.
You Only Live Twice, the fifth "James Bond" film, was released.

1968 The movie Rosemary's Baby was released.

1978 David Berkowitz "Son of Sam" was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" killings in New York.

Gossamer Albatross1979 The Gossamer Albatross became the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel.

Masayoshi Ohira1980 Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan, died.
Milburn Stone1980 Milburn Stone, actor best known for playing "Doc" on the long-running television show Gunsmoke, died.

1981 The movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark was released.

President Ronald Reagan1987 U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave a speech in Berlin in which he delivered the line "Mr. Gorbachevv, tear down this wall!"

Boris Yeltsin1991 Boris Yeltsin became the first popularly elected President of Russia.

1997 The US Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill with a security thread which glows yellow under ultraviolet light making the bill more counterfeit-resistant.

2003 Actor Gregory Peck died.

2008 Two armed robbers stole two Picasso engravings and two other pieces of artwork from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2012 Cuban heavyweight boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson died.

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