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Ferdinand V1452 King Ferdinand V of Spain was born.

1535 Bishop Tomés de Berlanga discovered the Galapagos Islands.

1624 England declared war on Spain.

Charles I1629 King Charles I dissolved the English Parliament.

1791 John Stone patented a pile driver.

1820 Painter Benjamin West died.

1826 King João VI of Portugal died.

1830 The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) was created.

1831 The French Foreign Legion was established.

1845 Tsar Alexander III of Russia was born.

Abraham Lincoln1849 Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions.

1862 The United States issued its first paper money.

Ulysses Grant1864 Ulysses Grant was named Supreme Commander of the Union Army.

Lillian D. Wald1867 Nurse and social reformer Lillian D. Wald was born.

1874 Purdue University admitted its first student.

Alexander Graham Bell1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call.

1888 Actor Barry Fitzgerald was born.

Almon Strowger1891 Almon Strowger received a patent for his automatic telephone switching device.
1891 Actor Sam Jaffe was born.

1892 Composer Arthur Honegger was born.

Ivory Coast1893 Ivory Coast became a French colony.

1900 The Montreal Shamrocks defeated the Halifax Crescents to win the Stanley Cup.

1902 The United States government filed an anti-trust suit against the Northern Securities Company.
Thomas Edison1902 A United States court of appeals ruled that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera.

1903 Harry Gammeter patented the multigraph duplicating machine.
1903 The Ottawa Silver defeated Montreal AAA to win the Stanley Cup.

1906 A coal dust explosion killed 1,060 persons at Courrieres, France.

1910 The Republic of China officially abolished slavery.

Harriet Tubman1913 Underground Railroad "conductor" Harriet Tubman died.
1913 The Quebec Bulldogs defeated the Sydney Millionaires to win the Stanley Cup.

1923 College football coach Ara Parseghian was born.

1928 James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr., was born.

1933 Nevada became the first U.S. state to regulate narcotics.

1936 The first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published.

1940 Ruggiero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci became the first opera to ever be broadcast by television.
1940 Actor Chuck Norris was born.
1940 Singer Dean Torrence was born.

1945 Japan granted Vietnam independence.

1946 A train derailment near Aracahu, Brazil, killed 185 persons.

1948 Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia, died.

Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar1952 Fulgencio Batista Zaldívar took control of the government of Cuba.

Earl of Bessborough1956 Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough, Governor General of Canada, died.

1958 Actress Sharon Stone was born.

1960 Magician Lance Burton was born.

1964 Prince Edward of the United Kingdom was born.

1966 Singer Edie Brickell was born.
1966 Artist Maxfield Parrish died.
1966 Author Mari Sandoz died.

1969 James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing Martin Luther King, Jr.
1969 Actress Paget Brewster was born.

1972 The first U.S. black political convention opened in Gary, Indiana.

Morocco1973 Morocco adopted a new constitution.

1975 Dog spectacles were patented in England.

1978 "The Incredible Hulk" premiered on CBS-TV.

1980 Willard Scott became the weatherman on the "Today Show."

1983 Singer Carrie Underwood was born.

1988 Singer Andy Gibb died.

1990 Prosper Avril resigned as President of Haiti.

1997 The PalmPilot was released.
Singer LaVern Baker died.

1998 Actor Lloyd Bridges died.
Glenn Cunningham1998 Track star Glenn Cunningham died.

2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars.

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