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1534

The English parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church.

1938

Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, caused nationwide panic among listeners.

1944

Martha Graham's ballet Appalachian Spring, with music by Aaron Copland, premiered.

1953

Gen. George C. Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize for originating the Marshall Plan.

1974

Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire ("rumble in the jungle") to regain his world heavyweight title.

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