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1066 Harald was crowned King of England.

1099 Henry V was crowned King of Germany.

1205 Philip of Swabia became King of the Romans.

1322 Stephen Uros III became King of Serbia.

1367 King Richard II of England was born.

1449 Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI was crowned at Mistra.

1453 Emperor Frederik III became Archduke of Austria.

1494 The first Mass in the New World was celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1579 The Union of Atrecht was signed.

1605 El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Portugal.

Charles I1649 The English Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes."

1690 Joseph I became King of the Romans.

Jacques Montgolfier1745 Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, co-inventor of the first aircraft to carry humans into the sky, was born.

George Washington1759 George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis.

1773 Massachusetts slaves petitioned the legislature for freedom.

1784 Turkey and Russia signed a treaty in Constantinople.

Charles Sumner1811 U. S. Senator Charles Sumner was born.

1822 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann was born.

1832 The New England Anti-Slavery Society was organized in Boston, Massachusetts.
Illustrator Gustave Doré was born.

1838 Composer Max Bruch was born.

Louis Braille1852 Louis Braille, developer of the Braille System of writing and reading for the blind, died.

Franklin Pierce1853 U. S. President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family were involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts.

1857 A patent for reducing zinc ore was granted to Samuel Wetherill.

1861 Florida troops seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.

1873 The U. S. Congress began investigating the Crédit Mobilier scandal.

Carl Sandburg1878 Poet and historian Carl Sandburg was born.

1880 Actor Tom Mix was born.

Samuel Rayburn1882 Samuel Rayburn, long-time member of the United States House of Representatives, was born.
Richard Henry Dana1882 Richard Henry Dana, writer and adventurer, died.

Gregor Mendel1884 Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the basic laws of heredity, died.

1893 The Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress.

1896 Cecil Rhodes resigned as Premier of Cape Colony.

1898 The first ever telephone message from a submerged submarine was made by Simon Lake.

Maria Montessori1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school.

1911 Comedian Joey Adams was born.

New Mexico1912 New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state.
1912 Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift in a lecture at a meeting of the Geological Association in Frankfurt, Germany.

1914 The stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch was founded.
1914 Actor Danny Thomas was born.

Theodore Roosevelt1919 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, died.

1920 Religious leader Sun Myung Moon was born.

1921 The Iraqi Army was formed.
1921 Pollster Louis Harris was born.
1921 Golfer Cary Middlecoff was born.

1924 Musician Earl Scruggs was born.

1925 Automobile designer John DeLorean was born.

1929 Mother Theresa arrived in Calcutta to begin her work amongst India's poor and diseased people.
Alexander I1929 Alexander I established a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia.
Babrak Karmal1929 Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan, was born.

1930 The first diesel engine automobile trip was completed, in a Packard sedan.
1930 Actor Vic Tayback was born.

1936 Barbara Hanley became Canada's first woman mayor, of Webbwood, Ontario

1939 The daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuted.

1940 Musician Van McCoy was born.

President Franklin Roosevelt1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's gave his "4 Freedoms" (freedom of speech and worship, and from want and fear) State of Union address.

1942 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world (aboard its "Pacific Clipper").

1944 Actress Bonnie Franklin was born.
1944 Journalist Ida M. Tarbell died.

1946 Vietnam held its first ever general election.
Musician Syd Barrett was born.

1948 The film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was released.

1949 Film director Victor Fleming died.

1953 The first Asian Socialist Conference opened in Burma.
1953 Guitarist Malcolm Young was born.

1955 Actor Rowan Atkinson was born.

Nancy Lopez1957 Golfer Nancy Lopez was born.

1960 Football player Howie Long was born.

Marlin Perkins1963 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," starring Marlin Perkins, premiered on NBC-TV.

1964 The Rolling Stones embarked on their first tour as a headline act, with the Ronettes.

1967 The last new episode of "The Milton Berle Show" aired on ABC-TV.
Angostura Bridge1967 The Angostura Bridge, across the Orinoco River in Venezuela, opened.

1968 Dr N. E. Shumway performed the first U. S. adult cardiac transplant operation.

1970 Game show host Julie Chen was born.

1973 "Schoolhouse Rock" premiered on ABC-TV, with Multiplication Rock.

1974 "CBS Mystery Theater" premiered on radio.

1975 "Wheel of Fortune" premiered on NBC-TV.
1975 "AM America" premiered on ABC-TV.

1976 Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves.

St. Stephen's Crown Returns to Hungary1978 The United States formally returned St. Stephen's Crown to Hungary.

1990 The New York Lotto paid $35 million to one winner.
Pavel Cherenkov1990 Physicist Pavel Cherenkov died.

1992 Zviad Gamskahurdia, the President of Georgia, fled the country after a military coup.

1993 Indian Border Security Forces killed 55 Kashmiri civilians in Sopore, Jammu, and Kashmir.
Rudolf Nureyev1993 Dancer Rudolf Nureyev died.

1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard.

1998 Barry Switzer resigned as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

2006 Singer Lou Rawls died.

2012 A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in Damascus, Syria, killing 26 persons and wounding 63.

2013 The National Hockey League reached an agreement with players to end a 113-day lockout.

2016 Actor Pat Harrington died.

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