Samuel SlaterJune 9, 1768: The man credited with bringing the Industrial Revolution to America is born in Derbyshire, England. Samuel Slater (at right) opens a mill at Pawtucket, R.I., in the 1790s, triggering industrial progress in the new United States.

June 9, 1972: Intense rain brings flash floods to several streams in Rapid City, S.D., destroying more than 1,000 homes and claiming 238 lives.

June 9, 2010: Shell Oil agrees to pay a $15.5 million settlement in a lawsuit that alleges the company was complicit in the executions of nine Nigerian activists who led protests against the company. Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues were hanged by the Nigerian government in 1995 on a murder charge that human rights groups say was a miscarriage of justice.

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