Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1790 – The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States (More info)

1969 – The first manned space mission to land on the Moon, Apollo 11, launches (More info)

1979 – Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq (More info)

1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies when the plane he was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard; also killed are his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister (More info)

2004 – Chicago’s Millennium Park opens to the public (More info)

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