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2005: Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle, causing billions of dollars in damage.
1992: Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1991: Boris Yeltsin takes the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. He's seen here with President George H.W. Bush in 1993.
1989: Mel Blanc, best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" cartoon characters, dies of heart disease and emphysema at the age of 81 in Los Angeles, California.
1985: Coca-Cola resumes selling the old formula of Coke, renaming it "Coca-Cola Classic." The company also announced it would continue to sell "New" Coke.
1984: Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets becomes the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher at the age of 19 years, 7 months and 24 days old.
1980: Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is born in Abilene, Texas.
1979: Chuck Berry, seen here in a 1971 promotional image, is sentenced to four months in prison for income tax evasion.
1977: Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, an Oscar-nominee for his role in "12 Years a Slave," is born in London, England. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in "12 Years a Slave" and won a BAFTA for the role. He is also known for his roles in the movies "Dirty Pretty Things," "Serenity," "Kinky Boots," "Children of Men," "American Gangster" and "2012."
1975: Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman, just 10 days after the couple had married.
1972: Actress Sofia Vergara, best known for the sitcom "Modern Family," is born in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia.
1965: Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" is released.
1964: The song "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann's is released in the United Kingdom. It would be released about a month later, on Aug. 3, 1964, in the United States.
1962: Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls and fax images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed.
1943: Arthur Ashe is born in Richmond, Virginia. During his professional tennis career, he reached the No. 1 ranking, won three Grand Slam titles and became the first, and only, black man to ever win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
1942: Rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, is born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dio, seen here in 2007, was also known for his powerful singing voice and for popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in heavy metal.
1941: Legendary jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, dies in Los Angeles. He's shown here around age 17 in 1906.
1938: Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world, beating the previous record by more than four hours.
1926: Actor Fred Gwynne, best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "The Munsters," is born in New York City. He was also known for his later roles in the movies "Pet Sematary," "Cotton Club" and "My Cousin Vinny." He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on July 2, 1993.
1921: Boxer Jake LaMotta, the former World Middleweight Champion whose life story was portrayed in the movie "Raging Bull," is born in The Bronx, New York. LaMotta is especially known for his five fights with Sugar Ray Robinson. Although he lost four of the five fights, he won the second fight in 1943 via unanimous decision, giving Robinson the first defeat of his career.
1920: David Brinkley (seen on the TV screen at left), a newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997, is born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He died at the age of 82 on June 11, 2003, from complications after a fall.
1914: Artist Joe Shuster, the co-creator of the DC Comics character Superman (along with writer Jerry Siegel), first published in "Action Comics #1" in June 1938, is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shuster and Siegel sold all rights to the character to DC Comics for $130 in March 1938 and fought a number of legal battles over ownership of the superhero the rest of their lives, eventually gaining recognition for their roles in creating him.
1913: Death Valley, California, hits 134 degrees, the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
1900: "His Master's Voice" is registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The iconic logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1890: Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
1871: Writer Marcel Proust is born Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust in Auteuil, France.
1856: Inventor Nikola Tesla, best known for developing the modern alternating current electrical supply system, is born in Smiljan, Austrian Empire.
1850: Millard Fillmore is officially inaugurated as the 13th president of the United States, a day after the death of President Zachary Taylor.
1839: Adolphus Busch, the co-founder of Anheuser-Busch with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser, is born in Kastel, Hesse, Germany.
1821: The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain.
1778: In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1212: The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground. Known as "the Great Fire of Southwark," the fire began directly to the south of London Bridge, destroying a cathedral (front center of photo) and damaging the bridge.
988: In what is considered to be the founding of Dublin, Ireland, Norse King Glun Iarainn recognises Máel Sechnaill II, High King of Ireland, and agrees to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law.