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1058 Pope Stephen IX died.

1549 The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, was founded.

1632 The Treaty of Saint-Germain was signed, returning Quebec to French control.

Delaware1638 Swedish Lutherans founded the first permanent settlement in Delaware.

Charles II1673 King Charles II of England accepted the Test Act, excluding Roman Catholics from public functions.

John Tyler1790 John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, was born.

1792 King Gustav III of Sweden died.

1798 The Republic of Switzerland was formed.

Cumberland Road1806 U. S. President Thomas Jefferson signed an act authorizing construction of what became known as the Cumberland Road.

1809 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden abdicated.

1847 U. S. troops captured Vera Cruz, Mexico.

John Jacob Astor1848 John Jacob Astor, America's first multi-millionaire, died.

1849 Great Britain formally annexed the Punjab, India.

1852 Ohio made it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day.

1859 Businessman Oscar Mayer was born.

1864 Great Britain gave the Ionian Islands back to Greece.

1867 Baseball player Cy Young was born.

1871 Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in London, England.

1882 The Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven, Connecticut.

Georges Seurat1891 French painter Georges Seurat died.

Cyrus Holliday1900 Cyrus Holliday, founder of Topeka, Kansas, died.

1901 Edmund Barton was elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election.

Gustavus Franklin Swift1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift, founder of the packaged meat industry, died.

1906 The Montreal Wanderers defeated the Kenora Thisles to win the Stanley Cup.

Robert F. Scott1912 Antarctic explorer Robert F. Scott made his last journal entry.

1916 U. S. Senator Eugene McCarthy was born.

Pearl Bailey1918 Singer Pearl Bailey was born.
1918 Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, was born.

1928 Yeshiva College, in New York City, New York, was chartered.

1929 The Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup.
Katharine Lee Bates1929 Poet Katharine Lee Bates died.

1941 Wisconsin defeated Washington State 39-34 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

1943 Comic actor Eric Idle was born.
1943 John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born.

1944 Singer Terry Jacks was born.

1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of spying.

1955 Actress Marina Sirtis was born.

1958 Composer W. C. Handy died.

1961 The 23rd Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, allowing Washington, D.C., residents to vote in presidential elections, was ratified.

Arturo Frondizi1962 Arturo Frondizi was forced to resign as President of Argentina.
1962 Charles Evans Whittaker resigned from the U. S. Supreme Court.
1962 Jack Paar made his last appearance on the "Tonight Show."

1968 Actress Lucy Lawless was born.

1974 Farmers discovered the "Terracotta Army" near Xi'an, China.

1976 Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students.
1976 Indiana defeated Michigan 86-68 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

1980 Conductor Mantovani died.

1982 North Carolina defeated Georgetown 63-62 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

1984 The Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.

1987 Tennessee defeated Louisiana 67-44 for the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.

1988 The U. S. Congress ended funding for the Nicaraguan Contras.

1994 North Carolina defeated Louisiana Tech 60-59 for the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.

1998 The Vasco da Gama Bridge opened in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tennessee defeated Louisiana Tech 93-75 for the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.

1999 Connecticut defeated Duke 77-74 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

2004 The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
Journalist Alistair Cooke died.

2005 Attorney Johnnie Cochran died.

2010 Two female suicide bombers struck the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40 persons.

2013 An explosion outside the U. S. consulate in Pakistan killed 10 persons and injured 31.
2013 Coordinated bombings of Shiite mosques in Iraq killed a total of 23 persons.
2013 A 16-story building collapsed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 36 persons.

2016 Actress Patty Duke died.

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