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On this day in his­tory:

1789 - The US War Depart­ment was estab­lished by the US Congress.

1928 - Dingo hunter Fred­er­ick Brooks is killed, spark­ing the Con­is­ton Mas­sacre of Aus­tralian Abo­rig­ines.

1914 - Ger­many in­vaded France.

1942 - US forces landed at Guadal­canal, mark­ing the start of the first ma­jor al­lied of­fen­sive in the Pa­cific dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had car­ried a six-man crew 4300 miles across the Pa­cific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Poly­ne­sian ar­chi­pel­ago.

1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church con­demned the rise of com­mu­nism in Cuba. Fidel Cas­tro then banned all re­li­gious TV and ra­dio broad­casts.

1974 - French stunt­man Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung be­tween the twin tow­ers of New York’s World Trade Cen­ter.

1981 - Af­ter 128 years of pub­li­ca­tion, The Wash­ing­ton Star ceased all op­er­a­tions. 1985 - Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chi­aki Mukai are cho­sen to be Ja­pan’s first as­tro­nauts.

1987 - The pres­i­dents of five Cen­tral Amer­i­can na­tions, met in Gu­atemala City, and signed an 11-point agree­ment de­signed to bring peace to their re­gion. 1987 - Lynne Cox be­comes first per­son to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, cross­ing from Lit­tle Diomede Is­land in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.

1989 - U.S. Con­gress­man Mickey Le­land (D-TX) and 15 oth­ers die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.

1990 - US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush or­dered U.S. troops and war­planes to Saudi Ara­bia to guard against a pos­si­ble in­va­sion by Iraq.

1999 - The Chech­nya-based Is­lamic Internatio­nal Bri­gade invades neigh­bor­ing Dages­tan. 2003 - In Cal­i­for­nia, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger an­nounced that he would run for the of­fice of gov­er­nor.

2003 - Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe pro­to­type for $200,000.

2008 - The start of the Russo-Ge­or­gian War over the ter­ri­tory of South Os­se­tia.

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