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In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived at Great Salt Lake City in Utah.
In 1945, an attack by 1,700 planes from 19 American and British carriers hammered the remnants of the Imperial fleet at Kure on Japan's Inland Sea. The strikes sank carrier Amagi, battleship-carrier Hyuga, cruisers Tone and Izumo, six destroyers and corvettes and 15 merchant ships. Carriers Hosho, Katsuragi, Ryuho and two cruisers were damaged. Truman approved a War Department order to drop atomic bombs on Japan and told Stalin the United States has a new weapon of "unusual destructive force," but the Soviet leader already knows about the A-bomb from Klaus Fuchs and other spies. Destroyer escort Underhill was sunk in the Philippine Sea by a "kaiten" torpedo launched by sub I-58. Kaitens are steered to their targets by suicide riders.
In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts - two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon - splashed down safely in the Pacific.
In 1975, an Apollo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific, completing a mission which included the first-ever docking with a Soyuz capsule from the Soviet Union.
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