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1523 Pope Adrian VI was born.
1638 Harvard University namesake John Harvard died.
1712 Astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini died.
1716 The first lighthouse in the American colonies was lit, in Boston Harbor.
1728 Matthew Boulton, factory operator and innovator, was born.
1752 Great Britain and its colonies officially adopted the Gregorian Calendar.
1769 Scientist Alexander von Humboldt was born.
1807 Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor treason charge.
1812 Retreating Russians burned Moscow as Napoleon Bonaparte advanced on the city.
1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner after having witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry.
1836 Aaron Burr, 3rd Vice-President of the United States, died.
1847 U.S. forces led by General Winfield Scott marched into and occupied Mexico City.
1849 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov was born.
1851 Novelist James Fenimore Cooper died.
1852 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, died.
1867 Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson was born.
1868 Tom Morris scored the first recorded hole-in-one, at Prestwick's 8th hole.
1879 Margaret Sanger, founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation, was born.
1886 George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
1901 William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, died; he had been shot by an assassin on September 6th.
1914 Actor Clayton Moore was born.
1927 Dancer Isadora Duncan died.
1936 Actor Walter Koenig was born.
1939 Igor Sikorsky made the first successful flight of a helicopter.
1940 The U.S. Congress passed the first peace-time conscription bill.
1944 Actress Joey Heatherton was born.
1948 Ground was formally broken for the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
1958 The New York Yankees clinched their ninth pennant in 10 years under Manager Casy Stengel.
1959 The Soviet-launched Lunik II hit the Moon and became the first man-made object rocketed from one cosmic body to another.
1964 Freedomland U.S.A., billed as the world's largest amusement park, opened.
1968 "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV.
1975 Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was canonized as the first U.S.-born saint by Pope Paul VI.
1982 Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, was killed in an automobile accident.
1982 Princess Grace of Monaco died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
1984 Bette Midler and Dan Akroyd hosted the first ever MTV Awards.
2009 Actor Patrick Swayze died.
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