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1581
In recognition of completing the circumnavigation of the world, Francis Drake is knighted aboard the Golden Hind.

1818

The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state.

1841
President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office.
He served only 32 days.

1915

Blues great
Muddy Waters (née McKinley Morganfield) born in Jug's Corner, Mississippi.

1928
Poet Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) born in St Louis, Missouri.

1932
Film director Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) born in Zavrazhye, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

1958

The
CND peace symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom, is displayed in public for the first time in London.

1964
The Beatles occupied all of the top five positions on the Billboard singles chart in the United States:
Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.

1968

Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr assassinated in a Memphis, Tennessee motel while visiting the city in support of striking sanitation workers.

1973
The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.

1984
Winston Smith, the main character of George Orwell's book 1984, begins writing in his secret diary.

1988
Arizona Governor Evan Mecham becomes the first U.S. governor to be impeached and removed from office in nearly 60 years.

1990

The current
flag of Hong Kong is adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong by the National People's Congress.


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