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1789 George Washington was inaugurated the first President of the United States.

1777 * Johann Freiderich Gauss, German mathematician and astronomer.

1803 France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States.

1909 * Juliana - Queen of the Netherlands.

1937 * Willie Nelson, US country and western singer.

1939 US commercial TV made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair. The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.

1943 * Bobby Vee, US pop singer who sang 'Take Good Care of My Baby'.

1945 Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker by shooting himself.

1952 The Diary of a Young Girl, written by Anne Frank who hid from the Nazis in Holland during the war, was published in English.

1973 President Richard Nixon takes responsibility for the Watergate scandal but denied any personal involvement.

1975 The Vietnam War ended when the South surrendered unconditionally to the North.

1991 Over 131,000 were killed and as many as 9 million left homeless when a cyclone struck Bangladesh.

1993 The world number one women's tennis player, Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back by a German spectator during a quarter-final match in Hamburg.

1999 Two people were killed and at least 30 injured in the third nail-bomb attack in Soho London in two weeks.

2003 Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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