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(Last Updated On: June 17, 2018)
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1957
Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon

American Revolution
1775
Congress issues a “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms”

Automotive
1958
Juan Manuel Fangio bids goodbye to Grand Prix racing in France

Civil War
1864
Confederate General Jubal Early occupies Hagerstown

Cold War
1963
U.S. policymakers express optimism

Crime
1946
George “Bugs” Moran is arrested

Disaster
1988
Explosion on North Sea oil rig

General Interest
1942
Frank family takes refuge

1944
The Hartford Circus Fire

1967
Civil war in Nigeria

1971
Satchmo dies

1976
Women inducted into U.S. Naval Academy

Hollywood
1994
Forrest Gump opens, wins Hanks a second Oscar

Literary
1935
Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet and bestselling author, is born

Music
1957
John meets Paul for the first time

Old West
1862
Mark Twain begins reporting in Virginia City

Presidential
1946
George Walker Bush is born

Sports
1933
Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game is held

1957
Althea Gibson wins Wimbledon

Vietnam War
1955
Diem says South Vietnam not bound by Geneva Agreements

1964
Viet Cong attack Special Forces at Nam Dong

World War I
1918
Czech troops take Russian port of Vladivostok for Allies

World War II
1944
Georges Mandel, French patriot, is executed

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