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1397 Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.
1524 Giovanni Verrazano discovered New York Bay.
1704 The first successful newspaper in America was published in Boston, Massachusetts, by John Campbell.
1741 Jurist Samuel Chase was born.
1790 Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor, died.
1817 The first school for the deaf in the United States opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
1818 Tsar Alexander II of Russia was born.
1820 Alexander Cartwright, the "Father of Baseball," was born.
1824 Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54°40'N.
1837 Financier J. P. Morgan was born.
1839 Guatemala formed a republic.
1861 Virginia seceded from the Union.
1875 Snooker was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1894 Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, was born.
1896 Ventriloquist Señor Wences was born.
1897 Novelist Thornton Wilder was born.
1916 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon/Sri Lanka, was born.
1918 Actor William Holden was born.
1920 The American Professional Football Association was formed.
1923 Television journalist Harry Reasoner was born.
1924 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Co. merged to from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM).
1930 DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolston invented neoprene.
1934 The Boston Red Sox
lost to the Washington Senators 6-5 in their first game
at Fenway Park.
1937 Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd, and Petunia Pig debuted.
1941 The Kingdom of
Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany.
1945 U. S. troops landed on Mindanao, Philippines.
1946 Syria gained independence from a League of Nations mandate.
1947 Jackie Robinson bunted for his first Major League hit.
1954 Wrestler Roddy Piper was born.
1958 The government of
French Premier Félix Gaillard was defeated by the French
1960 American Samoa established a constitutional government.
1961 Anti-Castro exiles
1964 A Middle Eastern
Airlines Caravelle crashed into the Persian Gulf just off
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing all 49 persons aboard.
1967 Surveyor III was launched from
Cape Kennedy, Florida.
1968 The Oakland A's lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 in their first game at Oakland-Alameda Stadium.
Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 Apollo 13 returned to Earth.
1972 Actress Jennifer Garner was born.
1975 The Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
1977 Sandra Palmer won the LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament.
1982 Canada gained formal control of its own Constitution.
1983 India launched its first SLV-3 rocket.
gas explosion on a passenger train in Kumrahar, India,
killed 80 persons.
1991 U. S. railroad workers went on strike.
1994 Lee Trevino won the PGA Seniors Tournament.
1998 Musician Linda McCartney died.
2002 Four Canadian Forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two U. S. Air Force F-16's.
2011 "Game of Thrones" premiered on HBO.
2013 A U.
S. drone attack killed 5 persons in Wana, Pakistan.
2016 Actress Doris Roberts died.
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