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  • 1739 Treaty of Belgrade-Austria cedes Belgrade to Turks
  • 1759 British capture Qubec during the French & Indian War
  • 1793 Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 1810 Chile declares independence from Spain (National Day)
  • 1911 Britain's first twin-engine airplane test flown
  • 1914 Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
  • 1919 Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast
  • 1926 Hurricane hits Miami, kills 250
  • 1959 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1962 Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to the U.N.
  • 1974 Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
  • 1975 Heiress/bank robber Patricia Campbell Hearst captured by FBI
  • 1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1984 Joe Kittinger completes first solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
  • 1990 Atlanta is chosen to host the 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics

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    The Capitol building in Washington



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