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1819 Allan Pinkerton (Scottish-born American Founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency) Allan Pinkerton Law and Law Enforcement Library of Congress
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1718 Le Moyne de Bienville Founds New Orleans in Honor of the Duc d'Orléans New Orleans The Fondation Napoléon
1746 Abenaki Indians Murder of Two Families Inspires Lucy Terry's Poem "Bars Fight" Massachusetts Poetry African American History Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1800 Betsy Is the First American Ship to Arrive at San Diego San Diego Naval History Historic Firsts San Diego Historical Society LearnCalifornia
1875 England's Matthew Webb First Person to Swim English Channel (21h 45m) British Sports Figures Swimming Historic Firsts Dover Museum
1925 A. Philip Randolph Founds Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Labor Railroads African-American History Historic Firsts Kenyon College
1929 Graf Zeppelin Passes over San Francisco on Trans-Pacific Voyage from Tokyo Japan San Francisco Aviation
1981 Voyager 2 Spacecraft within 63,000 miles of Saturn: Transmits Pictures & Data NASA Saturn NASA
1989 Voyager 2 Makes Closest Approach to Neptune (29,217 Km), Transmits Photos NASA Neptune NASA
1996 Dow Industrial Average Hits a New High of 3,652.09 Markets & Investing Historic Firsts History Channel

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