History: What Happened Today?
- In 1858, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate took place in Illinois for a seat in the United States Senate. At the time, U.S. Senators were elected by state legislatures; thus Lincoln and Douglas were vying for their respective parties to win control of the Illinois legislature.
- In 1947, the Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win the first Little League World Series.
- In 1959, Hawaii becomes 50th US state.
- In 1972, the U.S. launched the orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus.
- In 1975, Rick and Paul Reuschel of the Chicago Cubs become the first brothers to pitch a combined shut out.
- Famous Birthdays: Kenny Rogers (singer), Lev Alburt (Russian Chess Master), Jim McMahon (NFL quarterback), Sergey Brin (Co-founder of Google), Paris Bennett (Finalist on American Idol, Season 5)
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