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Historical Events

1879 - Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1913 - Tiny Broadwick is 1st woman to parachute from an airplane
1941 - 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
1970 - 70th US Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 281 at Hazeltine National Minn
1975 - West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs to win Cricket World Cup
1978 - The British Army shoots dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack

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Famous Birthdays

1882 - Lluís Companys, Spanish politician, 123rd President of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1933-40), born in El Tarròs, Urgell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1940)
1896 - Dorothy Stickney, American actress (And So They Were Married), born in Dickinson, North Dakota (d. 1998)
1924 - Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalytic thinker, born in Paris (d. 2012)
1957 - Berke Breathed, cartoonist (Vegetarian, Bloom County, Outland)
1961 - Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta
1980 - Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player

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