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Singer Johnny Mathis was born (1935).

The birth of Elombe Brath: Political activist, talk show host and co-founder of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition and co-founder of the first Naturally Natural beauty contest (1936).

University of Mississippi students and adults from Oxford, Miss., rioted on the university campus (1962).

Large force of federal marshals escorted James H. Meredith to the campus of the University of Mississippi. President Kennedy federalized the Mississippi National Guard and urged Mississippians to accept the orders of the court in a radio-TV address (1962).

Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier fight in the “Thrilla in Manilla” (1975).

Virgie Ammons patents fireplace damper (1975).

Mike Powell broke the world long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters at a meet in Tokyo (1991).

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