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2014: Actor Eli Wallach, best known for his roles in movies such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Godfather Part III," dies at the age of 98 in New York City.
2010: Apple releases the iPhone 4. The new device featured video chat, could shoot and edit high-definition video and had a crisper screen resolution than the 3GS.
2010: In the longest match in professional tennis history, John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7-9), 7–6(7-3), 70–68 at Wimbledon. The match lasted 11 hours and five minutes over the course of three days with the fifth set alone running eight hours and 11 minutes.
2009: After going AWOL for seven days on what he claimed was a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress. He resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he and his wife eventually divorced.
2007: Canadian professional wrestler Chris Benoit, 40, hangs himself in his Fayetteville, Georgia, home two days after killing his wife and their 7-year-old son. While police at the scene found anabolic steroids, leading to theories of "roid rage" contributing to Benoit's behavior, a brain biopsy later found that his brain showed severe damage from multiple concussions. Among the accolades in a wrestling career that began in 1985, Benoit was a two-time world champion: holding the title of World Heavyweight Champion once each in both the WCW and WWE.
2003: Beyoncé Knowles releases her debut solo album "Dangerously in Love." The album would sell nearly five million copies in the United States alone on the way to worldwide sales of 11 million. It debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and topped the charts in six other countries as well. All four of the album's singles were top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the title track and "Baby Boy" hitting No. 1.
1992: New York Yankees pitcher Steve Howe becomes the second player to be banned from baseball for life because of substance abuse. Howe, who was plagued by alcohol and cocaine abuse during his career, successfully appealed the suspension and re-signed with the Yankees before the 1993 season.
1987: Comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, best known for playing Ralph Kramden in the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," dies of colon cancer at age 71 in Lauderhill, Florida. Gleason is also known for playing Minnesota Fats in the 1961 Paul Newman drama "The Hustler" and Buford T. Justice in the "Smokey and the Bandit" series.
1987: Soccer star Lionel Messi, commonly rated as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, is born in Rosario, Argentina.
1986: Singer-songwriter and actress Solange Knowles, the younger sister of Beyonce Knowles who has also starred in movies like "Johnson Family Vacation" and "Bring It On: All or Nothing," is born in Houston, Texas.
1983: Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the eighth pitcher in major-league baseball history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. He would total 3,574 career strikeouts before retiring in 1988.
1980: Actress Minka Kelly, best known for the TV series "Friday Night Lights," is born Minka Dumont Dufay in Los Angeles, California. Kelly also had a recurring role on the sitcom "Parenthood," starred in the short-lived 2011 remake of "Charlie's Angels" and has appeared in movies such as "The Kingdom," "(500) Days of Summer," "The Roommate" and "Just Go With It."
1979: Actress Mindy Kaling, best known for the TV sitcoms "The Office" and "The Mindy Project," is born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She's also served as a producer, director and writer for both sitcoms.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is released as a single. The song would hit No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the second hit single for the band.
1971: Robert Altman's western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, opens in theaters. The movie, which Altman called an "anti-western film" because it ignores or subverts a number of conventions of the genre, featured the music of Leonard Cohen and earned Christie an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
1969: American cartoonist Frank King, best known for creating the long-running comic strip "Gasoline Alley," dies at the age of 86 in Winter Park, Florida. He's seen here as a teenager.
1967: Actress Sherry Stringfield, best known for playing the role of Dr. Susan Lewis on the TV medical drama "ER," is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stringfield is also known for her regular roles on "NYPD Blue" and "Guiding Light."
1954: The war drama "The Caine Mutiny," starring Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, premieres in theaters. The film, based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, depicts a mutiny aboard a fictitious World War II U.S. Navy destroyer minesweeper and the subsequent court-martial of two officers. The movie was a box office success and the second highest grossing film of the year, earning $8.7 million to finish behind "White Christmas." It also received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bogart and Best Supporting Actor for Tom Tully.
1950: Actress Nancy Allen, best known for movies such as "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "Blow Out" and "RoboCop," is born in New York City.
1949: "Hopalong Cassidy," starring William Boyd, becomes the first network western television series. The show, at first edited from the 66 films made by William Boyd, was a hit, finishing the year No. 7 in the ratings and making Boyd a star.
1948: In what became known as the Berlin blockade, the Soviet Union blocks the Western Allies' railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control. In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift to carry supplies to the people in West Berlin. The airlift proved a success and the blockade was lifted in May 1949, but the early Cold War events directly led to the creation of two separate German states.
1947: Mick Fleetwood, the rock musician and actor best known as the drummer for Fleetwood Mac, is born in Redruth, Cornwall, England.
1947: Actor Peter Weller, best known as the title character in the first two "RoboCop" movies, is born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Weller has also appeared in movies such as "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension," "Naked Lunch," "Screamers" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the TV series "24," "Star Trek: Enterprise," "Dexter" and "Fringe."
1944: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Beck, a two-time inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Yardbirds and as a solo artist, is born in Wallington, England. Beck, who Rolling Stone magazine identified as the fifth greatest guitarist of all time, also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice and has recorded with some of the greatest singers in rock and pop history.
1930: Engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory use radar to detect an aircraft for the first time.
1922: The American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League.
1919: Actor Al Molinaro, best known for playing Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold's drive-in, on the sitcom "Happy Days," is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He died at age 96 on Oct. 30, 2015, of complications from an infected gallbladder.
1916: Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.
1908: Grover Cleveland, the only U.S. president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885-1889 and 1893-1897), dies of a heart attack at the age of 71 in Princeton, New Jersey. Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States and also narrowly won the popular vote in his re-election bid in 1888 but lost the electoral vote.
1901: The first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork opens at a gallery on Paris' rue Lafitte. The painter, who was 19 years old at the time, displayed 75 of his works at the show.
1895: Boxer Jack Dempsey, who held the world heavyweight championship from 1919 to 1926 and was one of the most popular boxers in history, is born in Manassa, Colorado. Dempsey compiled a career record of 65 wins (51 by knockout), six losses, 11 draws and one no-contest. He died of heart failure at age 87 on May 31, 1983.
1893: Roy O. Disney, who co-founded what is now The Walt Disney Company along with his younger brother, Walt Disney, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He is seen here in October 1971 at the opening of Walt Disney World in Florida. He retired after the park opened and died from a seizure at age 78 a couple months later on Dec. 20, 1971.
1880: "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, is first performed at a Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day banquet in Quebec City.
1842: Author Ambrose Bierce, best known for the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and the satirical lexicon "The Devil's Dictionary," is born in Meigs County, Ohio.
1717: The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world, is founded in London, England.
1509: Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned king and queen of England.
1497: John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland, leading the first European exploration of the region since the vikings.
1340: At the Battle of Sluys, one of the opening battles of the Hundred Years' War between England and France, the French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III. The victory gave England complete mastery over the English channel.
20 individuals have been arrested in connection with a five-month long investigation that involved the Santa Barbara Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, into the sales of illegal narcotics and firearms.
American troops liberate the Dachau concentration camp, the U.S. begins evacuating American citizens from Saigon, Alfred Hitchcock dies, Roger Clemens sets a strikeout record, and riots consume Los Angeles, all on this day.