55 million without power
The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast. The blackout spread so far due to a software bug.
International forces entered Beijing, China, in an effort to suppress the antiforeign uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion.
The Social Security Act became law.
Japan surrendered to the United States, ending World War II.
Pakistan became independent of British rule.
Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills, California.
Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet at the Citadel, the state military college of South Carolina.
Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
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