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1533 Ferdinand of Austria and Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent signed a peacetreaty.

Henry Hudson1611 Henry Hudson was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers and never seen again.

Galileo1633 Galileo was forced to recant his theory that the Earth orbits the Sun.

1675 The Royal Greenwich Observatory was established in England by King Charles II.

1757 Explorer George Vancouver was born.

1772 Slavery was outlawed in England.

1807 British sailors boarded the USS Chesapeake.

Zebulon Pike1808 Zebulon Pike reached the peak that now bears his name.

James Henry Lane1814 James Henry Lane, one of the first U.S. Senators from Kansas, was born.

Napoleon Bonaparte1815 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.

1832 John Howe patented a pin manufacturing machine.

1844 The fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded at Yale University.

Martin Van Buren1848 The Barnburners (Anti-Slavery) Party nominated Martin Van Buren for President.

1870 The U. S. Department of Justice was created by act of Congress.

1873 Prince Edward Island joined Canada.

1874 Dr. Andrew T. Still developed the science of osteopathy.

1887 Biologist Julian Huxley was born.

John Dillinger1903 Bank robber John Dillinger was born.

1906 Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born.
1906 Film director Billy Wilder was born.

1918 A circus train was rammed by a troop train at Ivanhoe, Illinois, killing 68 persons.
1918 Molla Bjurstedt defeated Eleanor Goss for the U. S. Women's National Championship.

1922 Nineteen strikebreakers and 2 union miners were killed in Herrin, Illinois.
Fashion designer Bill Blass was born.

1932 The U. S. Congress passed an act making kidnapping a federal offense.
The National League approved the wearing of numbers by players.

1933 U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was born.

John Dillinger1934 Bank robber John Dillinger became the first "Public Enemy Number One."

1936 The Virgin Islands received a constitution from the United States.
Singer Kris Kristofferson was born.

1940 France surrendered to Germany.

1941 Finland invaded Karelia.
1941 Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
Television journalist Ed Bradley was born.

1942 A Japanese submarine made it into the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.

1943 W. E. B. Du Bois became the first black member of the National Institute of Letters.

1944 The "GI Bill of Rights" became law.

Battle of Okinawa1945 The Japanese island of Okinawa was declared secure.

1948 Musician Todd Rundgren was born.

1949 Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Wolcott in 15 rounds for the National Boxing Association heavyweight title.
Musician Alan Osmond was born.
1949 Actress Meryl Streep was born.
1949 Actress Lindsay Wagner was born.

1953 Singer Cyndi Lauper was born.

1954 The U. S. Congress passed a revised organic act for the Virgin Islands.
Actor Freddie Prinze was born.

1958 A train plunged down a mountain near Orizaba, Mexico, killing 20 persons.
Olav V1958 Olav V was formally crowned as King of Norway.

Arturo Frondizi1959 The cabinet of Argentinian President Arturo Frondizi resigned.
1959 A strike against seven New York City, New York, hospitals, ended.

1962 A French airliner crashed into a hill while trying to land on the island of Guadeloupe, killing 113 persons.

1964 Actress Amy Brenneman was born.

1965 Japan and South Korea signed a treaty establishing diplomatic and consular relations.
1965 Film and television producer David O. Selznick died.

1969 Cleveland, Ohio's Cuyahgo River caught fire.
1969 An ammunition train exploded in Hanover-Linden, West Germany, killing 12 men.
1969 Singer/actress Judy Garland died.

1970 U. S. President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.

Watergate1972 U. S. President Richard Nixon made his first public comment on the Watergate Affair.

1978 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon was announced.
1978 Auto racer Dan Wheldon was born.

1979 Larry Holmes TKO'd Mike Weaver in 12 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1980 Kateri Tekakwitha became the first Native American to be beatified.

1981 Iranian President Bani Sadr was deposed.
Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon.

Fred Astaire1987 Dancer-actor Fred Astaire died.

Tsar Nicholas II1992 Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia, were identified as Tsar Nicholas II & Tsarina Alexandra.
1992 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that "hate crime" laws violate free-speech rights.

1993 Pat Nixon, wife of former President Richard Nixon, died.

1994 The Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks for the NBA Championship.

2002 Amagnitude 6.5 earthquake in western Iraq killed more than 261 people.
Ann Landers2002 Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer, advice columnist better known as Ann Landers, died.

2008 Comedian George Carlin died.

2009 Two Metro subway trains collided in Washington, D. C., killing 9 persons and injuring more than 80 others.
2009 Lucas Glover won the U. S. Golf Open.

2012 Two bombings in a Baghdad, Iraq, market killed 14 persons and injured 106 others.

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