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  • 1610: Polish King Wladyslaw is crowned king of Russia.
  • 1783: The first unmanned hydrogen balloon flight reaches a 900-meter altitude.
  • 1881: A hurricane hits Florida and the Carolinas leaving about 700 people dead.
  • 1883: The island volcano Krakatoa erupts resulting in a tsunami, killing 36,417 people in Java and Sumatra.
  • 1892: A fire seriously damages New York City's original Metropolitan Opera House.
  • 1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States is born near Stonewall, Texas.
  • 1916: Italy declares war on Germany.
  • 1938: George Eyston sets an automobile land-speed record.
  • 1941: The Shah of Iran abdicates the throne to his son Reza Pahlavi.
  • 1942: Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy.
  • 1958: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3 with 2 dogs aboard.
  • 1965: Bob Dylan is booed off stage in New York's Forest Hills.
  • 1984: President Reagan announces the Teacher in Space project.
  • 1989: Chuck Berry performs his tune Johnny B. Goode for NASA staff in celebration of Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune.
  • 1991: Moldavia (Moldova) declares independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1996: First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Democratic convention in Chicago, forcefully making her husband's case for re-election.
  • 1998: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announces the coming end of secular law and a new rule of Islamic law based on the Koran.
  • 2003: Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says that Germany is committed to deploying troops to northern Afghanistan to support reconstruction efforts.
  • 2003: Serbia declares Kosovo part of its territory.
  • 2003: Mars comes within 34,646,437 miles of Earth, its closest in the past 60 millennia.

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    Bob Dylan: booed off stage 41 years ago.

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