Ralph W. Emerson 1803 - Essayist, philosopher, poet
- 1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
- 1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
- 1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
- 1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
- 1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
- 1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
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