Britain declared war on France, beginning the Seven Years War also known as the French and Indian War.
French composer Erik Satie born in Honfleur, France.
First Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini born in Khomein, Iran.
Baseball great Cool Papa Bell born in Starkville, Mississippi.
He played for the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues.
IX Summer Olympics open in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
British dramatist Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective) born in Berry Hill, Gloucestershire, England.
Actor and photographer Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) born in Dodge City, Kansas.
Singer songwriter Taj Mahal born in New York.
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education issued by the Supreme Court.
It declared segregation in the public schools to be unconstitutional.
Hundreds of heavily armed police lay siege to a suspected Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) hide-out, setting it afire & killing six (including SLA Field Marshall Cinque), but failing to find Patricia Hearst.
Mario Soto threw four strikeouts in one inning - only 15th such incident since 1900.
Here's how it works: The catcher drops the ball on the third strike.
The runner advances to first & is safe.
Then the pitcher strikes out the next 3 batters.
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