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1527 Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive

1775 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada

1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

1861 First color photograph of a tartan ribbon shown by Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell to the Royal Institution in London

1871 Native American fighter General William T. Sherman escapes from the Comanches in an ambulance

1876 7th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Fort Lincoln

1881 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

1943 Millionaire Howard Hughes crashes into Lake Mead, while test flying his Sikorsky S-43, killing CAA inspector Ceco Cline and Richard Felt

1973 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

1984 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend,” sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

1993 Intel’s new Pentium processor is unveiled

2001 US President George W. Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production

2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

Movies & TV

1939 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1

1975 NBC paid $5M for rights to show “Gone with the Wind” one time

1980 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on “Saturday Night Live”

1990 “Cheers” star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI


2015 “Blurryface,” 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

1971 Stephen Schwartz’ musical “Godspell” premieres off-Broadway

1973 Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Life”

1974 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

1993 “Chattahoochee” single released by Alan Jackson (CMA Award Single of the Year, Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

2005 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

2005 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

2015 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards


1915 Cubs George “Zip” Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever 1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

1964 First Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton

1970 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

1992 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner, Liselotte Neumann and Karen Noble

2018 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.

2019 Brooks Koepka fires a 65 (-5) to set new record for lowest 36-hole score in a golf major at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park; 7 stroke lead is a 36-hole tournament record


1903 James “Cool Papa” Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

1936 Dennis Hopper, American actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2010)

1953 Kathleen Sullivan, American newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California

1955 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

1956 Bob Saget, comedian (Full House, America’s Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1956 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

1959 Jim Nantz, American sportscaster, born in Charlotte, North Carolina

1960 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida

1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

1962 Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor, writer and comedian, born in Glasgow, Scotland

1965 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

1985 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer

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