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1804
Writer George Sand (nee Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) born in Paris.

1863
The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

1892
Novelist James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice) born in Annapolis, Maryland.

1898
Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Actor and director Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII) born in Scarborough, England.

1903

Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.

1904

III Summer Olympics open in St. Louis, Missouri.

1908
<SOS is adopted as the international distress signal in Morse code.

1915

Blues great Willie Dixon born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1916
Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in World War I, begins.
There were 19,000 soldiers of the British Army killed and 40,000 wounded on the first day.

Actress Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind) born in Tokyo, Empire of Japan.

1931
French actress and dancer Leslie Caron (An American in Paris

1935
Blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player James Cotton born in Tunica, Mississippi.

1939
Actress Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces) born in Park Ridge, Illinois.

1957
The International Geophysical Year begins.

1961

Diana, Princess of Wales born in Sandringham, England.

1963
Introduction of the five-digit ZIP (Zone Instant Post) code.

1979
Sony introduces the Walkman.


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