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1813

Oliver H. Perry sent his famous message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

1846

Elias Howe of Massachusetts received a patent for his sewing machine.

1939

Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII.

1963

Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Mobile, and Tuskegee, Alabama, after President John F. Kennedy sent National Guardsman to end the standoff with Alabama Governor George Wallace.

1988

Steffi Graf achieved tennis' first Grand Slam since Margaret Court in 1970 by winning the U.S. Open women's final.

2002

Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.

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