Oroville Mercury-Register

TODAY IN HISTORY

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1666

The Great Fire of London broke out.

1864

During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.

1945

Japan formally surrendere­d in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.

1963

Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integratio­n of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

1969

In what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at UCLA passed test data through a 15-foot cable.

1998

A Swissair MD-11jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.

2005

A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina.

Birthdays

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., is 90. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 73. Internatio­nal Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is

69. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is

61. Actor Keanu Reeves is 57. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 48. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 44. Electronic music DJ/ producer Zedd is 32.

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