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- 1654: Louis the 14th was crowned King of France in Rheims.
- 1769: Daniel Boone began exploring Kentucky.
- 1776: Richard Henry Lee put forward a resolution to the Continental Congress for a Declaration of Independence, saying, "These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states."
- 1848: French post impressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.
- 1864: Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party's convention in Baltimore.
- 1892: The pinch-hitter made his debut in baseball.
- 1929: Vatican City was formed as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
- 1955: "The $64,000 Question" premiered on TV.
- 1967: Author/critic Dorothy Parker died in New York.
- 1969: The rock "supergroup" Blind Faith made its British debut at a free concert at London's Hyde Park.
- 1976: "The NBC Nightly News" with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, aired for the first time.
- 1978: The newsmagazine "20/20" debuted on ABC.
- 1988: Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.
- 1997: An 18-member presidential commission approved a report saying that cloning a human being was "morally unacceptable," but adding that research using cells of humans and animals should be allowed.
- 1998: James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
- 2001: Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election.
- 2006: British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.
- 2008: Hillary Clinton suspends her presidential campaign at the National Building Museum after winning more American presidential primaries than any other woman.