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1759: Quebec surrenders to the British after a battle which sees the deaths of both James Wolfe and Louis Montcalm, the British and French commanders.
1793: George Washington lays the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol.
1830: Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse.
1929: Charles Lindbergh takes off on a 10,000-mile air tour of South America.
1934: The League of Nations admits the Soviet Union.
1939: A German U-boat sinks the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 people.
1960: Two thousand cheer Fidel Castro’s arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
1973: East and West Germany and The Bahamas are admitted to the United Nations.
1975: Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by a violent radical group. She will later take part in some of the group’s militant activities and will be captured by FBI agents.
1977: Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together.
1998: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for websites worldwide.
2009: The U.S. television soap opera Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.


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