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1599 Pope Alexander VII was born.

1635 The Boston Latin School opened.

La Salle1682 An expedition led by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, embarked on a journey down the Mississippi River.

1693 The College of William and Mary opened.

John Hunter1728 Physiologist and surgeon John Hunter was born.

1743 Botanist Joseph Banks was born.

Talleyrand1754 French statesman Talleyrand was born.

1799 Massachusetts passed the first law in the United States regulating insurance.

George Rogers Clark1818 George Rogers Clark, American Revolutionary War hero, died.

1826 The American Temperance Society was formed in Boston.

Richard Wagner1883 Composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner died.

1883 Bess Truman, wife of President Harry Truman, was born.

Grant Wood1891 Painter Grant Wood was born.
David Dixon Porter1891 David Dixon Porter, naval hero of the American Civil War, died.

1892 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was born.

1895 The moving picture projector was patented.

1910 William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor, was born.

1913 Sports journalist Mel Allen was born.

1915 U Aung Sun, leader of the Burmese independence movement, was born.

Tennessee Ernie Ford1919 Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford was born.

1920 The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.

1923 Test pilot Chuck Yeager was born.

1924 The Tomb of King Tut was opened.

1929 Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos was born.

1933 Actress Kim Novak was born.

1934 Actor George Segal was born.

1935 Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering the child of Charles Lindbergh.

1937 The comic strip "Prince Valiant" debuted.
1937 The Boston Redskins moved to Washington, D.C.

1942 Rock musician/singer Peter Tork was born.

1943 The Women's Marine Corps was created.

1944 Actress Stockard Channing was born.
1944 Talk show host Jerry Springer was born.

1950 Rock singer Peter Gabriel was born.

1957 The South Christian Leadership Conference was organized in New Orleans.

1959 The Barbie doll was introduced.

French atomic bomb test1960 France became the fourth country to successfully test an atomic bomb.

1961 Musician Henry Rollins was born.

1977 Professional football player Randy Moss was born.

2016 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died.

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