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1758

James Abercromby is replaced as supreme commander of British forces after his defeat by French commander the Marquis of Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.

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.

1850

Congress passes the second Fugitive Slave Bill into law (the first was enacted in 1793), requiring the return of escaped slaves to their owners.

1862

After waiting all day for a Union attack which never came at Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins a retreat out of Maryland and back to Virginia.

1863

Union cavalry troops clash with a group of Confederates at Chickamauga Creek.

1874

The Nebraska Relief and Aid Society is formed to help farmers whose crops were destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West.

1911

Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin dies four days after being shot at the Kiev opera house by socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff.

1914

The Irish Home Rule Bill becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.

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.

1948

Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator's term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.

1960

Two thousand cheer Fidel Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.

1961

UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold is killed in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Congo.

1964

U.S. destroyers fire on hostile targets in Vietnam.

1973

East and West Germany and The Bahamas are admitted to United Nations.

1975

Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army); 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.

1980

Cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black to be sent on a mission in space.

1998

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide.

2009

The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.