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- 68: Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide.
- 1790: The "Philadelphia Spelling Book" became the first book to be copyrighted under the Constitution.
- 1870: Author Charles Dickens died at age 58 in Godshill, England.
- 1891: Broadway composer/musician Cole Porter was born.
- 1934: Donald Duck made his first appearance on film in "The Wise Little Hen."
- 1940: Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.
- 1954: Army counsel Joseph N. Welch asked Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during the Senate-Army Hearings.
- 1969: The U.S. Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
- 1973: Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.
- 1978: The Mormon Church abolished a 148-year-old policy excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.
- 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffered serious burns at his home when a mixture of "freebase" cocaine exploded.
- 1985: Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped in Lebanon (he is not released until 1991).
- 1986: The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- 1993: The Minnesota North Stars were relocated to Dallas, and were renamed the Dallas Stars.
- 1999: Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
- 2008: In the town of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.