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1805
Author Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America) born in Verneuil-sur-Seine, France.

1836
Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

1871

Russian monk Grigori Rasputin born in Siberia.

1876
Actress Maria Ouspenskaya born in Tula, Russia.
She played a gypsy woman who offered this bit of doggerel to Larry Talbot in the movie The Wolfman (1941):
Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the Autumn moon is bright.

1878
Newspaper columnist Don Marquis born in Walnut, Illinois.
He created Archy, the cockroach, and Mehitabel, the alley cat in books of humorous poetry.

1885
Actress Theda Bara (Cleopatra) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1889
Writer Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons) born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1892
Actor William Powell (The Thin Man) born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1905
Actress Clara Bow (known as the ‘It’ girl) born in Brooklyn, New York.

Poet Stanley Kunitz born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1914
Stand-up comic "Professor" Irwin Corey born in Brooklyn, New York.
Known as "The World's Foremost Authority", Corey was asked by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon to accept the National Book Award for his novel Gravity's Rainbow, on his behalf.

1948

XIV Summer Olympics opens in London.

1966
Bob Dylan crashes his Triumph motorcycle near Woodstock, New York.

1976
In New York City, the first of a series of attacks by the serial killer known as 'Son of Sam' take place in New York City.

1980

Iran adopts a new flag after the Islamic Revolution.

1981
The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

2005
The dwarf planet Eris is diacovered.


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