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363 Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.

1541 Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.

1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.

1862 General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan's line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days' campaign.

1916 Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.

1918 The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, "Big Bertha," at Paris.

1942 The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.

1945 The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.

1963 President John Kennedy announces "Ich bin ein Berliner" at the Berlin Wall.

1975 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.



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1743 English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.

1833 Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.

1871 The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.

1905 The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.

1918 Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.

1927 The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.

1929 Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.

1942 The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.



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Flora MacDonald helped Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) escape the island of Benbecula on this day in 1746. The prince, disguised as a spinning maid named Betty Burke, fled across the sea, despite being shot at by Redcoats and left Scotland for France, never to return.
Flora was arrested for her part in the escape and after being released from the Tower of London, moved to America.

1902 Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorising a canal to be built across the Isthmus of Panama.

1911 Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.

1914 Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated at Sarajevo, Serbia.

1919 Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles under protest.

1930 More than 1,000 communists are routed during an assault on the British consulate in London.

1942 German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.

1945 General Douglas MacArthur announces the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.

1964 Malcolm X founds the Organisation for Afro-American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.

1970 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

1491 Born on this day Henry VIII, King of England (1509-1547), founder of the Church of England.

1902 Born on this day Richard Rodgers, American composer.


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