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1556
Poet, and dramatist George Peele christened at St James Garlickhythe, London.
He is thought to be a collaborator with William Shakespeare on the play Titus Andronicus.

1788
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart finishes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

1834
Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge passes away in Highgate, Middlesex, England.

1844
Artist Thomas Eakins born in Philadelphia.

1853
Californio bandit known as Robin Hood of El Dorado, Joaquin Murrieta, is killed.
He may have been a partial inspiration for Zorro.

1870
Illustrator Maxfield Parrish born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1966

Mao Zedong swims the Yangtze River.

After walking at dusk
under a red sky
Mao swam in the red waters of the pond
A white lily was his pledged child-bride
Closed, her flower : closed, her eyes
Red were the eyes : of his weeping mother
as her star swam past the white budded lotus

from EF Dyck's The Mossbank Canon

Poet Frank O'Hara dies after being struck by a jeep on a Fire Island beach the previous evening.

1950
The North Korean People's Army crosses the 38th parallel starting The Korean War.

1956
The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks off of Nantucket Island.

1965

Bob Dylan electrifies the Newport Folk Festival to the great consternation of the folk purists.

1976

Spacecraft Viking I takes the famous Face on Mars photo.

1992

XXV Summer Olympics open in Barcelona.

2000
Concorde Flight 4590 crashes shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, leaving 113 dead.
It is the first crash in Concorde's history, and the only supersonic commercial flight to ever crash.


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