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1978–While driving with his girlfriend in the Bahamas, rocker, Peter Frampton, crashes his car, severely injures himself. He suffers a broken arm, cracked ribs, and a concussion. This would cut short his rise to superstardom, as it takes months for him to recover in a local hospital.

226–Emperor Cao Pi of China dies at age 39. His son, Cao Rui, succeeds him as Emperor of the Kingdom of Wei.

1136–Petronilla of Aragon is born in Huesca, Spain.

1149–Raymond of Poitiers is defeated and killed by Nur ad-Din Zangi at the Battle of Inab.

1194–Sverre Sigurdsson is crowned King of Norway.

1252–King Abel of Denmark dies at the hands of a wheelwright in Eiderstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, at age 34.

1326–Ottoman sultan, Murad I, is born I. Murat Hüdavendigâr in Amasya, (present-day) Turkey.

1398–John II of Aragon is born in Medina del Campo, Spain.

1444–Skanderbeg defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll in present-day Albania.

1482–Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, is born in Córdoba, Kingdom of Castile.

1520–Aztec ruler, Moctezuma II, dies at the hands of the Spaniards in Tenochtitlan, Mexico, at age 53.

1534–Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island.

1596–Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan is born Masahito at the Heian Palace in (present-day) Kyoto, Japan.

1613–The Globe Theatre catches fire during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII. The Lord's Chamberlain's Men, the dramatic company in which Shakespeare was a stockholder, erected the theater in 1598, and until 1609, it was the exclusive venue for his plays.

1644–Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

1659–At the Battle of Konotop, the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeat the Russians led by Prince Trubetskoy.

1767–The British pass the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.

1776–First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War is fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey.

1776–Mission Dolores (Mission San Francisco de Asis) is founded in San Francisco, California, by Father Francisco Palou.

1786–Alexander Macdonell and over 500 Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.

1807–Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroys the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.

1850–Autocephaly is officially granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Church of Greece. Autocephaly is the status of a hierarchical Christian church whose head bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop (used especially in Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches).

1855–The Daily Telegraph is first published in London, England.

1858–Engineer, George Washington Goethals, is born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a U.S. Army officer and civil engineer, best known for his administration and supervision of the construction of the Panama Canal.

1861–Surgeon, William James Mayo, is born in Le Sueur, Minnesota. He is one of the seven founders of the Mayo Clinic.

1861–Poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, dies in her husband’s arms in Florence, Italy, at age 55. Robert Browning said that she died “smilingly, happily, and with a face like a girl’s. Her last word was ‘Beautiful’.”

1864–Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec.

1868–The British news agency, the Press Association, is founded.

1874–Greek politician, Charilaos Trikoupis, publishes a manifesto in the Athens Daily Kairoi entitled, "Who's to Blame?" He uses it to lay out his complaints against King George.

1875–Ferdinand I of Austria dies in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, at age 82. He was Emperor of Austria, President of the German Confederation, and King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia.

1880–France annexes Tahiti.

1881–In Sudan, Muhammad Ahmad declares himself to be the Mahdi, the messianic redeemer of Islam.

1886–Politician, Robert Schuman, is born Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Robert Schuman in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. He was a Christian Democrat (MRP) and an independent political thinker and activist. Twice Prime Minister of France, a reformist Minister of Finance, and a Foreign Minister, he was instrumental in building post-war European and trans-Atlantic institutions and is regarded as one of the founders of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and NATO.

1886–Photographer, James Van Der Zee, is born. He was best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers. He was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aside from the artistic merits of his work, Van Der Zee produced the most comprehensive documentation of the period. Among his most famous subjects during this time were Marcus Garvey, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and Countee Cullen.

1888–The first known recording of classical music, Handel's Israel in Egypt, is made on a wax cylinder by George Edward Gouraud.

1889–Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships vote to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest American city in area, with the second largest population.

1890–Super-centenarian, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, is born in Smilde, Drenthe, Netherlands. She is born prematurely and there are doubts that she will survive. However, she will live to the age of 115 (and 62 days). She was the oldest person ever in the history of the Netherlands.

1900–Writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is born in Lyon, France. He was a French aristocrat, poet, and pioneering aviator. He is best known for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

1901–Singer-actor, Nelson (Ackerman) Eddy, is born in Providence, Rhode Island. A classically trained baritone, he is best known for the eight films in which he co-starred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald. Naughty Marietta was the surprise hit of 1935. Its key song, Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life, became a hit and earned Eddy a Gold Record.

1904–Thomas Edison receives a patent for the alkaline battery.

1904–28th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats F. Riseley (6-1, 7-5, 8-6).

1904–21st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats C. Sterry (6-0, 6-3).

1907–Actress, Joan Davis, is born Madonna Josephine Davis in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is best known for her starring role in the 1950s sitcom I Married Joan, a take-off of the successful show, I Love Lucy. She appeared in the films Hold That Ghost, Sun Valley Serendade, Show Business, Kansas City Kitty, If You Knew Susie, Love That Brute, and The Groom Wore Spurs.

1910–Songwriter, Frank (Henry) Loesser, is born in New York, New York. He is best known for the Broadway musicals The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

1911–Actress, Katherine DeMille, is born Katherine Paula Lester in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When she was nine years old, she was found in an orphanage and legally adopted by film director, Cecil B. DeMille and his wife, Constance, when she was 11. She appeared in the films Viva Villa!, Belle of the Nineties, All the King’s Horses, The Black Room, Call of the Wild, The Crusades, and The Californian. She was married to actor, Anthony Quinn.

1911–Film composer, Bernard Herrmann, is born Max Herman in New York, New York. His films include Citizen Kane, Jane Eyre, Portrait of Jennie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 5 Fingers, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Wrong Man, A Hatful of Rain, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Blue Denim, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Psycho, Tender Is the Night, Cape Fear, The Birds, Marnie, Joy in the Morning, Fahrenheit 451, The Night Digger, Sisters, Obsession, and Taxi Driver.

1914–Jina Guseva attempts to assassinate Grigori Rasputin at his home town in Siberia.

1916–Irish Nationalist and British diplomat, Roger Casement, is sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.

1916–Actress, Ruth (Elizabeth) Warwick, is born in St. Joseph, Missouri. She is best known for the role of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on the soap opera All My Children. She appeared in the films Citizen Kane, Journey Into Fear, Guest in the House, China Sky, Song of the South, Daisy Kenyon, Arch of Triumph, One Too Many, Ride Beyond Vengeance, and The Great Bank Robbery.

1919–Actor, Slim Pickens, is born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, California. He appeared in the films The Story of Will Rogers, One-Eyed Jacks, Dr. Strangelove, Major Dundee, In Harm’s Way, Stagecoach, Rough Night in Jericho, Will Penny, The Getaway, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Blazing Saddles, Rancho Deluxe, White Line Fever, Tom Horn, and Honeysuckle Rose.

1920–Special effects artist, Ray Harryhausen, is born Raymond Frederick Harryhausen in Los Angeles, California. He was a visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation." His films include Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, First Men in the Moon, One Million Years B.C., The Valley of Gwangi, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and The Clash of Titans.

1921–34th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E. Ryan (6-2, 6-0).

1925–Actress, Cara Williams, is born Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for her role on the TV series Pete and Gladys. She appeared in the films Boomerang, Meet Me in Las Vegas, The Helen Morgan Story, The Defiant Ones, The Man from the Diner’s Club, and The White Buffalo. She was married to actor, John Drew Barrymore.

1925–Christian Michelsen, the first Prime Minister of Norway (1905-1907), dies in Fana, Norway, at age 66.

1926–Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.

1926–Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, is born in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The third monarch to rule Kuwait since its independence from Britain, Jaber had previously served as Minister of Finance and Economy from 1962 until 1965, when he was appointed Prime Minister prior to becoming Kuwait's ruler.

1927–The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker tri-motor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.

1928–Two bridges are opened in New York: the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island.

1930–Film producer, Robert Evans, is born Robert J. Shapera in New York, New York. His films include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary’s Baby, True Grit, Love Story, Harold and Maude, The Godfather, Serpico, Save the Tiger, Chinatown, Urban Cowboy, Popeye, and The Cotton Club. He was married to actresses Camilla Sparv, Ali MacGraw, Phyllis George, and Catherine Oxenberg.

1933–Primo Carnera knocks out Jack Sharkey in Round 6 for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship.

1933–Theologian, John (Elliot) Bradshaw, is born in Houston, Texas. He is an American educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author who has hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency, and spirituality.

1933–Actor, Fatty Arbuckle, dies of a heart attack in New York, New York, at age 46. He was a comedian, director, and screenwriter. Arbuckle was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s, and became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.

1938–Railway magnate, Frederick William Vanderbilt, dies in Hyde Park, New York. He was a member of the American plutocratic Vanderbilt family. His estate was valued at $79,845,478 upon his death. He was a director of the New York Central Railroad for 61 years, and also a director of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and of the Chicago and North Western Railroad.

1940–Swiss-German painter and printmaker, Paul Klee, dies after a long battle with scleraderma in Muralto, Locarno, Switzerland, at age 60. Six days after his death, the Swiss government finally granted his long standing application for Swiss citizenship. Klee had been denied citizenship despite his birth in Switzerland due to his status as a “degenerate” artist. He was buried at Schosshaldenfriedhof in Bern, Switzerland. Klee left a legacy of over 9,000 works of art.

1941–Black Power activist, Stokeley Carmichael, is born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He rose to prominence in the civil rights and Black Power movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party, and finally as a leader of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party. He was married to singer, Miriam Makeba.

1943–Singer, Little Eva, is born Eva Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina. She had the big hit Locomotion.

1941–Black Power activist, Stokely Carmichael, is born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He rose to prominence in the civil rights and Black Power movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party, and finally as a leader of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party. He was married to singer, Miriam Makeba.

1943–Singer, Little Eva, is born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina. She had a big hit with Locomotion.

1944–Actor, Gary Busey, is born in Goose Creek, Texas. He appeared in the films Wild in the Streets, Lolly Madonna xxx, The Last American Hero, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, A Star Is Born, The Buddy Holly Story, Straight Time, Big Wednesday, Carny, Barbarosa, Insignificance, Let’s Get Harry, Lethal Weapon, Hider in the House, Point Break, The Firm, and Surviving the Game. His son is actor, Jake Busey.

1945–Carpathian Ruthenia is annexed by the Soviet Union.

1945–Chandrika Kumaratunga, fifth President of Sri Lanka, is born in Sri Lanka.

1947–Comedian, Richard (Philip) Lewis, is born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his role on the TV sitcom Anything But Love, which ran for four seasons. He appeared in the films Once Upon a Crime, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Wagons East!, Leaving Las Vegas, Vamps, and She’s Funny That Way.

1948–Actor, Fred Grandy, is born Fredrick Lawrence Grandy in Sioux City, Iowa. He is best known for his role on the TV series The Love Boat. He later became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Iowa.

1950–President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.

1953–Colin (James) Hay, of Men At Work, is born in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

1953–Musician, Billy Hinsche, is born William Hinsche in Manila, the Philippines. He is best known as the drummer for the pop group Dino, Desi & Billy. In the late 1960s, Hinsche worked as a session musician for The Beach Boys and toured extensively with the band. His sister, Annie Hinsche, was married to the group's guitarist, Carl Wilson.

1956–The Federal Aid Highway Act is signed, officially creating the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

1956–Actress, Marilyn Monroe, marries playwright, Arthur Miller, at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York.

1957–Buddy Holly records Peggy Sue.

1957–The government of Iran officially bans rock and roll, after declaring rock dancing "as harmful to health." The ban would stay in place until the 1990s.

1957–Actress, Maria Conchita Alonso, is born María Concepción Alonso Bustillo in Cienfuegos, Cuba. She appeared in the films Moscow on the Hudson, Fear City, A Fine Mess, Touch and Go, Extreme Prejudice, The Running Man, Colors, Predator 2, and The House of the Spirits.

1961–A chart topper: Runaway by Del Shannon

1962–Actress, Amanda Donohoe, is born in London, England. She appeared in the films Castaway, The Lair of the White Worm, Dark Obsession, The Madness of King George, A Knight in Camelot, Circus, and Glory Glory.

1966–The United States begins its bombing of Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam.

1967–Actress, Jayne Mansfield, dies in a car accident near New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 34. She was second in line to Marilyn Monroe as America’s female sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s. She appeared in the films Pete Kelly’s Blues, Female Jungle, The Girl Can’t Help It, The Wayward Bus, The Burglar, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Kiss Them for me, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, It Takes a Thief, Promises! Promises!, Single Room Furnished, and A Guide for the Married Man. She was married to bodybuilder, Mickey Hargitay, and their daughter is actress, Mariska Hargitay.

1972–The U.S. Supreme Court rules in the case Furman vs. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

1973–John Lennon and Yoko Ono attend the Watergate hearings in Washington, D.C. John is not recognized at first, because his hair had just begun to grow out from having shaved his head. When others in attendance see Yoko, they realize that the burr-headed man is indeed John Lennon.

1974–Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. Her husband, President Juan Perón, had delegated responsibility due to weak health. (He died two days later).

1974–Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.

1975–Steve Wozniak tests his first prototype of the Apple I computer.

1975–Folksinger, Tim Buckley, dies of a drug overdose in Los Angeles, California, at age 28. Given the circumstances of his death, police charged Richard Keeling (the friend who gave Buckley the drug that killed him) with murder and distribution of heroin. At his hearing on August 14, 1975, Keeling pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and after failing to complete community service, was sentenced to 120 days in jail and four years probation. Although Buckley did not achieve commercial success during his lifetime, he has been admired by later generations for his innovation as a musician and his vocal ability.

1976–The Conference of Communist and Workers Parties of Europe convenes in East Berlin.

1976–The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.

1976–The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard."

1978–While driving with his girlfriend in the Bahamas, rocker, Peter Frampton, crashes his car, severely injures himself. He suffers a broken arm, cracked ribs, and a concussion. This would cut short his rise to superstardom, as it takes months for him to recover in a local hospital.

1978–Bluesman, Juke Boy Bonner, dies of cirrhosis of the liver in Houston, Texas, at age 46. He is best known for the songs Going Back to the Country, Life is a Nightmare, and Struggle Here in Houston. He got the nickname "Juke Boy" as a youth, because he frequently sang in local juke joints.

1978–Actor, Bob Crane, is murdered in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 49. He is best known for his starring role on the TV comedy Hogan's Heroes. He also was cast as a regular on The Donna Reed Show. He appeared in the films Return to Peyton Place, Man-Trap, The New Interns, and Superdad.

1979–Lowell George, of Little Feat, dies of a heart attack in Arlington, Virginia, at age 34.

1982–Fashion designer, Pierre A. Balmain, dies of liver cancer in Paris, France, at age 68. He was best known for the 1940's "New Look." Due to his sophistication and elegance, he described the art of dressmaking as "the architecture of movement."

1983–The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, is designated an historic landmark.

1987–Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Le Pont de Trinquetaille, is bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.

1990–Writer, Irving Wallace, dies in Los Angeles, California, at age 74. His works include The Chapman Report, The Book of Lists, and The People’s Almanac.

1995–The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.

1995–The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 people and injuring 937 others.

1995–Actress, Lana Turner, dies of throat cancer at her home in Century City, Los Angeles, California, at age 74. As a glamour girl in the 1940s and beyond, she appeared in the films Love Finds Andy Hardy, Ziegfeld Girl, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Johnny Eager, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Green Dolphin Street, The Bad and the Beautiful, Peyton Place, Imitation of Life, Portrait in Black, Bachelor in Paradise, Madame X, and The Big Cube.

1996–Actress, Pamela Mason, dies of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California, at age 80. She appeared in the films They Were Sisters, Lady Possessed, Charade, Sex Kittens Go to College, Five Minutes to Live, and The Sandpiper.

1997–Actor, William Hickey, dies of emphysema in New York, New York, at age 69. He appreared in the films A Hatful of Rain, The Boston Strangler, The Producers, Little Big Man, Prizzi’s Honor, One Crazy Summer, Bright Lights, Big City, Sea of Love, Forget Paris, and Major Payne.

1998–George Harrison announces that contrary to previous reports, he has been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer. Harrison blames cigarette smoking as the cause of his cancer.

1998–Pianist, Horst Jankowski, dies of lung cancer in Germany, at age 62. His big hit was the #1 instrumental A Walk in the Black Forrest.

1999–Former teen idol, Leif Garrett, is arrested for possession of cocaine in Los Angeles, California.

1999–Film producer, Allan Carr, dies of liver cancer in Beverly Hills, California, at age 62. His films include The First Time, C.C. and Company, Grease, Can’t Stop the Music, Where the Boys Are ‘84, and Cloak & Dagger.

2000–Film director Vittorio Gassman, dies of a heart attack in Rome, Italy, at age 77. His films include Daniele Cortis, The Captian’s Daughter, Anna, Sombrero, The Glass Wall, Cry of the Hunted, Rhapsody, War and Peace, The Miracle, The Divorce, La Tosca, A Wedding, Quintet, and Tempest.

2001–Liverpool Airport officials announce the renaming of the airport to “Liverpool John Lennon Airport.”

2002–U.S. Vice President, Dick Cheney, serves as acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

2002–Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and the sinking of a North Korean vessel.

2002–Singer-actress, Rosemary Clooney, dies of lung cancer in Beverly Hills, California, at age 74. Her hits include Come On-a My House, Half As Much, Hey There, and Mambo Italiano. She appeared in the films The Stars Are Signing, Here Come the Girls, Red Garters, White Christmas, Deep in My Heart, and Radioland Murders.

2003–Actress, Katharine Hepburn, dies after several years of ill health in Fenwick, Connecticut, at age 96. She made her Broadway debut when she was 21, and her Hollywood debut when she was 25, in a film called A Bill of Divorcement. Hepburn, won the Academy Award as best actress in four films: Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. She was also nominated for her roles in eight other films. She appeared in the films Little Women, Alice Adams, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, Adam’s Rib, The African Queen, Pat and Mike, Summertime, The Rainmaker, Desk Set, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Rooster Cogburn, and Love Affair.

2006–The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

2007–The Apple iPhone goes on sale in the United States.

2007–Two car bombs are found at Picadilly Circus in the heart of London, England.

2007–Film critic, Joel Siegel, dies of colon cancer in New York, New York, at age 63. He was the film critic for the ABC morning news show, Good Morning America, for over 25 years.

2012–A derecho sweeps across the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power. Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods.

2014–The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) self-declare its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.

2014–Innovative jazz flautist, Paul Horn, dies in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 84. In 1998, he was able to record within the walls of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Horn was the first Westerner to be granted permission to perform inside this massive structure, considered the spiritual nexus of Tibetan Buddhism.

2015–Former teen idol, David Cassidy, is ordered in a ruling from a federal bankruptcy court to auction off his home in Florida after filing for bankruptcy earlier in the year. Cassidy reportedly bought the six-bedroom house, which boasts a swimming pool and boat dock, for $1.1 million in 2001.

2015–It is reported that around 30% of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time, as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities (the stealing of bricks to build houses) erode the UNESCO World Heritage site. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 5,600 to 13,000 miles, depending on whether missing sections are included. Construction first begun on the wall in the third century BC, but much of it was built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644, including the much-visited sectors north of Beijing, China.

2016–The process to elect a new leader of the Conservative Party to replace outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron begins in the United Kingdom. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, is the first Conservative Party politician to announce his official candidacy for leader.

2016–The North American Leaders' Summit takes place in Ottawa, Canada, as President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

2016–The Lesedi La Rona diamond, the largest uncut diamond in the world, goes on sale at an auction in Mayfair, London, England. It is expected to sell $70 million, but the diamond only manages to draw a high bid of $61 million, falling short of the auction reserve price.

2016–Firefighters rescue eight amusement park goers stuck on the stalled Silver Bullett roller coaster at Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2017–President Trump's controversial executive order temporarily barring travel into the United States from six Muslim-majority nations is expected to begin after receiving approval from the U.S. Supreme Court.

2017–At least 12 people die and two others are injured after a cable car falls nearly 500 feet into a ditch in Charra Pani, Galyat, Pakistan.

2018–SpaceX successfully launches Commercial Resupply Services payload CRS-15 via a Falcon 9 rocket to dock with the International Space Station. The cargo includes CIMON, a head-shaped AI robot designed by the German Aerospace Center to assist crew onboard the ISS.

2018–Richard Salamon, City Manager of Sunrise, Florida, faces being terminated from his $204,000 job after he throws a fit over an expired coupon for a free bundt cake worth $3.99 from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM: Aztec ruler, Moctezuma II; Mission Dolores in San Francisco, California; Ferdinand I of Austria; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Bernard Herrmann; Ray Harryhausen; Robert Evans; Paul Klee; Richard Lewis; Marilyn Monroe marries Arthur Miller; Jayne Mansfield; Tim Buckley; Bob Crane; Lana Turner; Allan Carr; Katharine Hepburn; and the Great Wall of China.

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