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René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
U.S. Marines wading ashore on Tulagi Island
Portion of the Harvard Mark I
Harvard Mark I input/output and control
Entrance to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp
The inauguration of the Bronze Horseman
for Martyrs Day Assyrians ( 1933)
Independence Day in ( Ivory Coast 1960)
1782 – The , an Bronze Horseman equestrian statue of Peter the Great that serves as one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was unveiled.
1927 – The official opening ceremony of the between Peace Bridge Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, at the east end of Lake Erie, was held two months after it opened to the public.
1933 – Iraqi troops slaughtered 600–3,000 Assyrians during the in the Simele massacre Dahuk and Mosul districts.
1938 – Prisoners from Dachau concentration camp were sent to begin construction of , which would later be part of one of the largest Mauthausen labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe.
1947 – An expedition led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl on his raft, the , completed a 101-day journey across the Kon-Tiki Pacific Ocean.
1965 – Prime Minister of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Federation of Malaysia demanded that Singapore withdraw from the federation, choosing to "sever ties with a State Government that showed no measure of loyalty to its Central Government."
1978 – Two years after the discovery of toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of, U.S. President Jimmy Carter declared a federal health emergency in the neighborhood of Love Canal Niagara Falls, New York.
1999 – The Chechnya-based Islamist militia group Islamic International Brigade the neighbouring Russian republic of invaded Dagestan in support of the Shura of Dagestan separatist movement.
2007 – surpassed Barry Bonds Hank Aaron's career home run total with his milestone 756th home run.
(b. 1942) Richard Sykes (biochemist) ·
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1679 – , a Le Griffon barque built by René-Robert de La Salle, began its journey to be the first sailing ship to navigate the upper Great Lakes.
1782 – The , the precursor to the United States' Badge of Military Merit Purple Heart award, was established as a military decoration in the Continental Army.
1794 – U.S. President George Washington invoked the to suppress the Militia Acts of 1792 Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
1942 – World War II: U.S. Marines initiated the first American offensive of the Guadalcanal campaign with on landings Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
1946 – The Soviet Union informed Turkey that the way the latter was handling the Turkish Straits no longer represented the security interests of its fellow Black Sea nations, escalating the . Turkish Straits crisis
1970 – Jonathan Jackson Judge kidnapped Harold Haley in an attempt to free Jackson's brother George from prison.
1985 – In Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, England, a local magistrate and his family in what were murdered described as "a classic The Times whodunit".
1987 – became the first person to swim between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, crossing from Lynne Cox Little Diomede to Big Diomede in the Bering Strait in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
1998 – Car bombs at the exploded simultaneously American embassies in the East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 4,000 others.
2008 – Fighting between the Georgian and South Ossetian separatist forces escalated to the six-day . Russo-Georgian War Born/died: (d. 1661) Jin Shengtan · (d. 1834) Joseph Marie Jacquard · (b. 1868) Huntley Wright · (b. 1975) Rebecca Kleefisch · (d. 2015) Frances Oldham Kelsey
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(d. 1234) Hugh Foliot · (b. 1927) Art Houtteman · (d. 2005)