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1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England and absolved her subjects from allegiance.
1723 Architect Christopher Wren died.
1746 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, U. S. Secretary of State and Secretary of War, was born.
1778 José de San Martín, Latin American revolutionary, was born.
1791 The first Bank of the United States was chartered.
1836 Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol with revolving cartridge cylinder.
1837 An electric printing press was patented by Thomas Davenport.
1841 Painter Pierre Auguste Renoir was born.
1862 The USS Monitor was commissioned.
1870 Hiram Revels took his seat as the first black to be elected to the U. S. Senate.
1873 Opera singer Enrico Caruso was born.
1888 U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was born.
1901 J. P. Morgan organized the U. S. Steel
1904 The Ottawa Silver defeated the Toronto Marlboroughs to win the Stanley Cup.
1907 The United States proclaimed a protectorate over the Dominican Republic.
1908 The first tunnel under the Hudson River opened.
1910 The Dalai Lama fled
Tibet to escape Chinese troops.
1912 Marie-Adélaďde became the first reigining Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
16th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, establishing a
national income tax, was proclaimed.
1918 Tennis player Bobby Riggs was born.
1919 Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon).
1925 Glacier Bay National Monument was established in Alaska.
1928 Film and television director Larry Gelbart was born.
1943 Musician George Harrison was born.
1949 Wrestler Ric Flair was born.
1951 The first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1950 "Your Show of Shows" premiered on NBC-TV.
1963 The Beatles released their first single in the U. S., "Please Please Me."
1964 An Eastern Air
Lines DC-8 crashed into Lake Pontchartrain, northwest of
New Orleans, Louisiana, killing all 58 persons aboard.
1968 Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500.
1969 Eleven persons died when a flash fire broke out on the third floor of a five-story ofice building in New York City, New York.
1975 Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad died.
1980 Henck Arron, Prime Minister of Suriname, was ousted by a coup.
1981 The Bruins and Northstars were penalized 84 times, for a total of 392 minutes, to set an NHL record.
1982 The last episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" aired.
1983 Playwright Tennessee Williams died.
1986 Corazon Aquino took office as President of the Philippines.
1987 The U.S.
Supreme Court upheld affirmative action (5-4).
1991 Twenty-eight people were killed when a U. S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was hit by a Scub missile.
1994 A Peruvian passenger plane crashed into a mountain near Tingo Maria, killing 31 persons.
1995 A bomb attack on a train in Assam, India, killed 27 soldiers.
1999 Physicist Glenn SEaborg died.
2006 Actor Darren McGavin died.
2012 An Al Qaeda suicide bomb killed at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen.
2014 Fifty students were killed in a Boko Harem attack on a college in Buni, Nigeria.
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