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*1925Robert Francis Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA.  
*1889Astronomer Edwin Hubble was born. Hubble discovered and developed the concept of an expanding universe. In 1924 he proved the existence of galaxies other than our own.  
*1858Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman and first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born. 
*1620Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay. White was the first child to be born of English parents in present-day New England.  
2001The U.S. Justice Department headquarters building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy building by President George W. Bush. The event was held on what would have been Kennedy's 76th birthday. 
1998Afghanistan's Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.  
1998American tobacco companies signed an agreement with the governments of 46 U.S. states to settle the states' claims for reimbursement of Medicaid funds they had expended to treat smoking-related illnesses, the settlement costing the tobacco manufacturers $206 billion beyond the $40 billion they had agreed to pay four other states in 1997. 
1995Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.  
1994The Angolan government and rebels signed a treaty in Zambia to end 19 years of war.  
1993The U.S. Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.  
1992A fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle in England.  
1990Saddam Hussein ordered another 250,000 Iraqi troops into the country of Kuwait.  
1990The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.  
1989Over 200,000 people rallied peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia, demanding democratic reforms.  
1988Egypt and China announced that they would recognize the Palestinian state proclaimed by the Palestine National Council.  
1987Police investigating the fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station, said that arson was unlikely to be the cause of the event that took 31 lives.  
1986Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announced the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.  
1983An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie "The Day After." The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.  
1977Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel's parliament.  
1975After nearly 40 years of absolute rule Spain's General Francisco Franco died.  
1975Francisco Franco, ruler of Spain since his overthrow of the democratic government in 1939, died in Madrid. 
1970The majority in U.N. General Assembly voted to give China a seat, but two-thirds majority required for admission was not met.  
1969The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase out of the substance.  
1967The Census Clock at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, went past 200 million.  
1962Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.  
1962The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U.S. ended its blockade of the island.  
1959Britain, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden met to create the European Free Trade Association.  
1947Britain's Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey.  
194524 Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.  
1943During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.  
1929The radio program "The Rise of the Goldbergs," later known as "The Goldbergs," made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.  
1917For the first time, tanks were used effectively in warfare, by the British at the Battle of Cambrai. 
1910Russian author Leo Tolstoy, suffering from pneumonia, died of heart failure at the railroad station of Astapavo. 
1910On this day in 1910, Francisco Madero launched a failed revolt that nonetheless sparked the Mexican Revolution by inspiring hope in such leaders as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who then mobilized their ragged armies. 
1901The second Hay-Pauncefoot Treaty provided for construction of the Panama Canal by the U.S.  
1888Lithographer Nathaniel Currier, who died this day in 1888, and his partner James Merritt Ives published more than 7,000 prints between 1840 and 1890, which were among the most popular wall hangings in 19th-century America. 
1873Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.  
1818Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.  
1815In the final phases of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia renewed the Quadruple Alliance to prevent further French aggression. 
1789New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.  
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1989 - Cody Linley
1983 - Mischa Mandel
1977 - Josh Turner
1975 - Davey Havok
1965 - Mike Diamond
1956 - Bo Derek
1946 - Duane Allman
1943 - Veronica Hamel
1939 - Dick Smothers
1932 - Richard Dawson
1927 - Estelle Parsons
1926 - Kaye Ballard
1925 - Robert F. Kennedy
1908 - Alistair Cooke

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