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Historical Events

1931 - Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
1949 - NFL merges with AAFC; Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts join league intact, other teams in New York and Los Angeles are merged with existing units
1961 - Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania - with Ukuru (Freedom) Torch lit on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro
1967 - Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes President of Romania (overthrown in 1989)
1968 - KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1974 - Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in Indiana

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Famous Birthdays

1787 - John Dobson, English architect, born in High Chirton, North Shields, England (d. 1865)
1899 - Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
1934 - Alan Ridout, British composer, born in West Wickham, England (d. 1996)
1944 - Bob O'Connor, American politician (Mayor of Pittsburgh, 2006), born in Greenfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
1953 - John Malkovich, American actor (The Killing Fields; Dangerous Liaisons), born in Christopher, Illinois
1973 - Stacey Abrams, American politician, lawyer and voting rights activist, born in Madison, Wisconsin

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