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1644 Massachusetts established the first two-chamber legislature in the American colonies.

1693 Pope Clement XIII was born.

1724 Pope Innocent XIII died.

1774 Britain closed the port of Boston, Massachusetts, to all commerce.

James Cook1778 Captain James Cook sighted the Oregon coast.

1785 James Hutton presented his full theory of uniformitarianism at a meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

1792 Astronomer John Herschel was born.

1799 The Royal Institution of Great Britain was founded.

1801 Massachusetts enacted the first state voter registration law.

Cuthbert Collingwood1810 British Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood died.

Philip Henry Sheridan1831 U.S. Army General Philip Henry Sheridan was born.

1843 Edward Kavanagh took office as the first Catholic Governor in the United States, of Maine.

Winfield Scott1847 U. S. General Winfield Scott occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Luther Burbank1849 Horticulturalist Luther Burbank was born.

1850 Tomás Masaryk, Czechoslovak statesman, was born.

1854 Charles Miller patented the first U. S. sewing machine to stitch buttonholes.

1857 Baseball decided that 9 innings constitutes an official game, instead of 9 runs.

Ben McCulloch1862 Confederate General Ben McCulloch was killed by a sniper's bullet at the Battle of Pea Ridge.

1875 Composer Maurice Ravel was born.

Alexander Graham Bell1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

1887 North Carolina State University was founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.

1906 The Finnish Senate accepted universal suffrage, except for poor people.

1911 Willis Farnsworth patented the coin-operated locker.

Roald Amundsen1912 Roald Amundsen announced his discovery of the South Pole.

1918 U. S. President Woodrow Wilson authorized the U. S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

1925 The American Negro Congress was organized.

1926 The first transatlantic telephone call (London, England, to New York City, New York) was made.

1932 Four persons were killed during a riot at a Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan.
1932 French Prime Minister Aristide Briand died.

1933 The game of Monopoly was invented.

1934 TV personality Willard Scott was born.

Saar1935 Saar was incporated into Germany.

1939 The first issue of Glamour was published.
1939 Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians recorded "Auld Lang Syne" for the first time.

1940 Actor Daniel J. Travanti was born.

1942 The first cadets graduated from the flying school at Tuskegee.
1942 Televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker was born.
1942 Businessman Michael Eisner was born.

1948 Greece formally regained control of the Dodecanese islands.

1950 Football player Franco Harris was born.

1952 Football player Lynn Swann was born.

Ivan Lendl1960 Tennis player Ivan Lendl was born.

1962 OSO 1, the first astronomy satellite, was launched.
1962 Fourteen children were suffocated by carbon dioxide in a crowded movie house in Idlib, Syria.
1962 Thirty persons were killed and 28 injured when a runaway bus hit a station wagon and overturned near Mexico City, Mexico.
1962 Singer Taylor Dayne was born.

Jimmy Hoffa19677 Teamsters Union president James R. Hoffa began an eight-to-thirteen-year sentence for jury tampering and other charges at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
1967 Alice B. Toklas, life partner of author Gertrude Stein, died.

1973 Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek was discovered at Hamburg Observatory.

1981 An 18-year-old was stabbed to death at Disneyland.

1983 TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting on cable television.

1990 A subway train derailed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, killing 3 passengers and injuring 162.

1994 The U. S. Navy issued the first permanent order assigning women to combat ships.
1994 Charles Taylor resigned as President of Liberia.

1996 The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament was formed.

1999 Film director Stanley Kubrick died.

Gordon Parks2006 Photographer Gordon Parks died.

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