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1276 Pope Gregory X died.

1429 The Order of the Golden Fleece was established in Austria-Hungary and Spain.

1430 The Order of the Guilder was formed.

King Charles1642 King Charles of England and his family fled London for Oxford.

Ethan Allen1737 Revolutionary hero Ethan Allen was born.

1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

Carolus Linnaeus1778 Carolus Linnaeus, developer of the "genus-species" system of animal classification, died.

State Department1781 The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the Continental Congress.

Josephine Bonaparte1810 Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Josephine.

John Ledyard1789 Author and adventurer John Ledyard died.

1811 Slaves rebelled in two Louisiana parishes.

John Alexander Macdonald1815 John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

1839 The first Indian tea arrived in the United Kingdom.

1843 Bank robber Frank James was born.

1850 Architect John W. Root was born.

1861 Florida became the 3rd state to secede from the Union.

Samuel Colt1862 Industrialist Samuel Colt died.

Lyman Beecher1863 Presbyterian preacher Lyman Beecher died.

Gregory Rasputin1869 Russian mystic Gregory Rasputin was born.

1870 John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

1878 The U. S. Senate proposed women suffrage.

1883 Fire at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killed 71 persons.
Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg, died.

1889 Ivory Coast was declared a protectorate of France.

1901 The first great oil strike in Texas occurred.

Ray Bolger1904 Actor Ray Bolger was born.

1910 The first international air meet in the United States was held in Los Angeles, California.

Gustav Husak1913 Czechoslovak Communist Party leader Gustav Husak was born.

1916 Members of Pancho Villa's revolutionary army took 17 American mining engineers from a train in Mexico and killed 16 of them.
1916 Golfer Bob Hamilton was born.

1917 Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party led suffragettesin a protest outside the White House.
Buffalo Bill Cody1917 William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody, buffalo hunter and hero of Western novels, died.

1920 The League of Nations was established.

Shigenobu Okuma1922 Shigenobu Okuma, two-time Prime Minister of Japan, died.

1923 The last U. S. troops left the Rhineland (Germany).

Miriam Ferguson1925 Miriam Ferguson was sworn in as Governor of Texas.

1930 Businessman Roy E. Disney was born.

1936 Author Stephen E. Ambrose was born.

1939 Singer Scott McKenzie was born.
1939 Actor Sal Mineo was born.

1942 Japan invaded North Celebes, Dutch East Indies.

Jim Croce1943 Singer Jim Croce was born.

1944 Singer Frank Sinatra, Jr., was born.

1945 Singer Rod Stewart was born.

1946 The United Nations General Assembly met for the first time, in London.

1948 Musician Donald Fagen was born.

1949 RCA introduced the 45 RPM record.
"Goldbergs" premiered on CBS-TV.
George Foreman1949 George Edward Foreman, two-time Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, was born.
1949 Porn actress Linda Lovelace was born.

1950 U. S. Senator Roy Blunt was born.

1951 The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, opened.
1951 Author Sinclair Lewis died.

1952 The Greatest Show on Earth premiered in New York, New York.

1953 Singer Pat Benatar was born.
1953 Auto racer Bobby Rahal was born.

1954 A Comet jet airliner crashed into the Mediterranean Sea; 35 persons were reported missing.

1956 Elvis Presley recorded "Heartbreak Hotel."

1957 Poet T. S. Eliot married Valerie Fletcher, his secretary, in London, England.
1957 Poet Gabriela Mistral died.

1958 Auto racer Eddie Cheever was born.

1961 Author Dashiell Hammett died.

1962 A massive avalanche entombed an entire village in Peru and killed an estimated 3,000 persons.

1963 U. S. Senator Mark Pryor was born.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.1967 The U. S. House of Representatives declined to seat Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., pending investigation of his behavior.
1967 Aviator Laura Ingalls died.

1971 Fashion designer Coco Chanel died.

1973 The explosion of a gas tank killed 40 persons on Staten Island, New York.

1980 The last new episode of "Rockford Files" aired on NBC-TV.
1980 George Meany, long-time president of the AFL-CIO, died.

1982 Comedian Paul Lynde died.

1984 A Bulgarian Tu-134 crashed at Sofia Airport, killing 50 persons.
The first Wendy's commercial featuring Clara Peller asking "where's the beef?" aired.

1990 The NCAA approved random drug testing for college football players.

1994 Actor Michael Aldridge was born.

1999 "The Sopranos" premiered on HBO.

2005 A mudslide in La Conchita, California, killed 10 persons, injured many more, and closed Highway 101.

2013 A twin bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, killed 81 persons and wounded another 120.

2015 An oil tanker collided with a passenger coach outside of Karachi, Pakistan, killing 57 persons.

2016 Singer David Bowie died.

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