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1131 King Valdemar I of Denmark was born.
1301 Andrew III of Hungary died.
1451 Composer Franchinus Gaffurius was born.
1507 Queen Catherine of Portugal was born.
1514 Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery.
1526 Charles V and Francis I signed the Treaty of Madrid.
1551 Italian jurist Alberico Gentiliwas born.
1566 Composer Angelo Notari was born.
1615 Unitarian minister John Bibble was born.
1639 The first Connecticut constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted in Hartford.
1641 The United East Indian Company conquered the city of Malacca.
1655 Composer Angelo Predieri was born.
1684 Painter Jean-Baptiste Vanloo was
1690 The clarinet was invented, in Nurnberg, Germany.
1699 Massachusetts held a day of fasting to atone for wrongly persecuting witches.
1702 Emperor Nakamikado of Japan was born.
1722 Composer Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer was born.
1724 King PhilipV of Spain abdicated.
1741 U. S. General Benedict Arnold was born.
1742 Astronomer Edmund Halley died.
1751 Composer Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter was born.
1753 Philosopher George Berkeley died.
1780 U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Henry Baldwin was born.
1784 The U. S. Congress of the Confederation ratified the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War.
1793 American politican John C. Clark was born.
1794 Dr. Jessee Bennet performed the first successful Cesarean section in the United States, on his wife.
1799 Eli Whitney received a government contract for 10,000 muskets.
1806 Oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury was born.
1812 Composer Carl Gradener was born.
1813 Gideon Hawley became the first state school superintendent in the United States, of New York.
1814 The King of Denmark ceded Norway
to the King of Sweden.
1819 U. S. General Frederick Steele was born.
1831 John Bullock Clark, Jr., Brigadier General of the Confederate Army, was born.
1834 Composer William Cleaver Francis Robinson was born.
1863 Cartoonist Richard F. Outcault.
1864 The Battle of Cosby Creek (Tennessee) was fought.
1873 "Celluloid" was registered as a trademark.
1875 Missionary doctor Albert Schweitzer was born.
1878 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation on trains unconstitutional.
1892 Film producer Hal Roach was born.
1896 Author John Dos Passos was born.
1898 Author Lewis Carroll died.
1900 Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca premiered in Rome.
1905 Takeo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, was born.
1906 Actor William Bendix was born.
1907 An earthquake killed more than 1,000 persons in Kingston, Jamaica.
1911 Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition landed on the Ross Ice Shelf.
1912 Raymond Poincaré becme Premier of France.
1914 Actor Harold Russell was born.
1915 Television producer Mark Goodson was born.
1919 Giulio Andreotti, six-time Prime
Minister of Italy, was born.
1929 Afghan King Amanullah was forced to abdicate.
1932 Eddie Arcaro won his first horse race.
1938 The National Society for
Legalization of Euthanasia was formed in New York.
1940 Activist Julian Bond was born.
1941 Actress Faye Dunaway was born.
1946 Two jetties collapsed in Ganges, India, killing 160 Hindu pilgrims.
1948 Blues performer T-Bone Burnett was born.
1949 142 persons were killed during a Black/Indian rebellion in Durban, South Africa.
1950 The United States recalled all consular officials from China.
1952 "Today Show" premiered with Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV.
1954 The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form the American Motors Corporation.
1956 Little Richard released "Tutti Frutti."
1957 Actor Humphrey Bogart died.
1960 The U. S. Army promoted Elvis
Presley to the rank of Sergeant.
1961 Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall
became the first NFL player to join the AFL.
1963 Film director Steven Soderbergh was born.
1964 Jacqueline Kennedy made her first public appearance since her husband's assassination.
1965 Actress Jeanette MacDonald died.
1966 David Bowie released his first single, "Can't Help Thinking About Me."
1967 About 20,000 people attended the
Human Be-In in San Francisco, California.
1968 The Green Bay Packers defeated
the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl II, in
1969 Twenty-five members of the U. S.
aircraft carrier Enterprise died during
1972 "Sanford & Son"
premiered on NBC-TV.
1973 The Miami Dolphins defeated the
Washington Red Skins, 14-7, in Super Bowl VII.
1974 The World Football League was founded.
1976 "The Bionic Woman"
debuted on ABC.
1977 "Fantasy Island"
premiered on ABC.
1978 The Sex Pistols gave their last concert, at Winterland in San Francisco, California.
1979 Actor James Scott was born.
1984 McDonald's franchise founder Ray Kroc died.
1986 Actress Donna Reed died.
1989 A 29-year-old woman gave birth
to sextuplets in Paris, France.
1990 "The Simpsons" premiered on Fox-TV.
1991 Valentin Pavlov became Premier
of the U.S.S.R.
1994 The Duchess of Kent became the first member of the British Royal Family to convert to Catholicism in more than 300 years.
2004 Actress Uta Hagen died.
2005 The Huygens probe landed on Saturn's moon Titan.
2006 Actress Shelley Winters died.
2007 Actress Darlene Conley died.
2009 Actor Ricardo Montalban died.
2011 A stampede near Sabarimala,
India, killed 104 devotees and injured 100 more.
2012 A suicide bomber killed 53 and
injured 130 in Basra, Iraq.
2016 Actor Alan Rickman died.
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