In 1858, Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held the first of seven debates. In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris; it was recovered two years later. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state. In 1991, a coup by Communist hardliners in the Soviet Union collapsed on the third day.
Count Basie (1904-84), musician; Wilt Chamberlain (1936-99), basketball player; Kenny Rogers (1938- ), singer; Peter Weir (1944- ), film director; Joe Strummer (1952-2002), musician; Kim Cattrall (1956- ), actress; Sergey Brin (1973- ), Google co-founder; Kelis (1979- ), singer; Usain Bolt (1986- ), Olympic sprinter
In 1903, Tom Fetch and M.C. Karrup completed America's first transcontinental automobile race, traveling from New York City to San Francisco in 51 days.
Like many other European nations, Russia's population is projected to shrink considerably in the coming decades, from about 142.5 million in 2014 to 129.9 million in 2050.
"I hate [slavery] because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites…" – Abraham Lincoln, first Lincoln-Douglas debate
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