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1763 France surrendered Canada to Great Britain.

1774 Andrew Becker demonstrated a diving suit.

1775 Essayist and critic Charles Lamb was born.

1807 The U. S. Coast Survey was authorized by Congress.

1829 Pope Leo XII died.

Aleksandr Pushkin1837 Poet Aleksandr Pushkin died.

1855 All children born abroad to U. S. parents were granted U. S. citizenship.

1863 Alanson Crane was granted a patent for his fire extinguisher.

William Allen White1868 Newspaper publisher William Allen White was born.

1870 The Young Women's Christian Association was formed.
1870 The City of Anaheim, California, was incorporated.

1883 A fire in the New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killed 71 persons.

1887 Businessman Michio Suzuki was born.

Boris Pasternak1890 Author Boris Pasternak was born.

1893 Comedian Jimmy Durante was born.
1893 Tennis player Bill Tilden was born.

Harold Macmillan1894 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was born.

1897 The New York Times began using the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."

1904 Japan and Russia declared war on each other.

1906 The British battleship HMS Dreadnought was launched.
A state of siege was proclaimed in Zululand.
Actor Lon Chaney, Jr. was born.

1908 Tommy Burns KO'd Jack Palmer in 4 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

Father Dominique Pire1910 Father Dominique Pire was born.

Joseph Lister1912 Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic surgery, died.

Wilhelm Konrad Rontgen1923 Physicist Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen died.

1927 Opera singer Leontyne Price was born.

1930 Actor Robert Wagner was born.

New Delhi1931 New Delhi became the capital of India.

1933 The Postal Telegram Company of New York City delivered the first ever singing telegram.

1939 Singer Roberta Flack was born.
Pope Pius XI died.

1940 The first Tom and Jerry cartoon debuted.

Mark Spitz1950 Mark Spitz, U. S. Olympic swimmer, was born.

1956 "My Friend Flicka" premiered on CBS-TV.

1957 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was formed.
Laura Ingalls Wilder1957 Author Laura Ingalls Wilder died.

St. Louis tornado1959 A tornado killed 22 persons in St. Louis, Missouri.

1960 Jack Paar walked off the set of The Tonight Show during taping in protest of censorship by NBC-TV.
Sultan Ismail Ibni al Marhum1960 Ismail Ibni al Marnum was crowned Sultan of Johore.

1962 U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was released by the Soviet Union as part of a "spy exchange."

1964 Bob Dylan released his The Times They Are a-Changin' album.

1966 Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann, was published.

1967 The 25th Amendment, specifying the line of succession in case of the death or disability of the President, was ratified.

Val d'Isere avalanche1970 An avalanche killed 42 persons in the Alpine resort of Val d'Isère, France.
1970 Terrorists attacked the airport in Munich, West Germany, killing 1 person and wounding 23 others.

United Arab Emirates1972 Ras al Khaima joined the United Arab Emirates.

1981 A fire at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Hilton killed 8 persons and injured 198.

1992 Novelist Alex Haley died.

1996 IBM computer Deep Blue defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov.

2005 Playwright Arthur Miller died.

2006 The 20th Winter Olympic Games opened in Turin, Italy.

2008 Actor Roy Scheider died.

2013 A stampede at a train station in Allahabad, India, killed 36 persons and injured 39 others.

Shirley Temple Black2014 Child actress-turned diplomat Shirley Temple Black died.

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