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1584 The English Pariament expelled the Jesuits.

Richard Hakluyt1616 Geographer Richard Hakluyt died.

1700 Cardinal Francesco Albani was elected Pope Clemens XI.

Annapolis, Maryland1783 Annapolis, Maryland, became the capital of the United States.

Franklin Pierce1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, was born.

Zebulon Pike1806 Zebulon Pike sighted the Colorado peak that now bears his name.

Elbridge Gerry1814 Elbridge Gerry, Vice-President of the United States, died.

1835 Henry Burden patented a horseshoe manufacturing machine.

1848 The Female Medical Educational Society was formed in Boston, Massachusetts.

1859 William H. Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," was born.

1862 Novelist Gilbert Parker was born.

1863 The Battle of Missionary Ridge began.
1863 A patent for a process of making color photographs was granted.

1868 Louis Ducos du Hauron patented a trichrome color photo process.

1869 The Cutty Sark, the last clipper ever built, was launched at Dumbarton, Scotland.

1876 Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton formed the Intercollegiate Football Association.

Boris Karloff1887 Actor Boris Karloff was born.

1888 Comic actor Harpo Marx was born.

1889 The world's first jukebox was "unveiled" at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, California.

1897 Ransom Eli Olds was issued a U.S. patent for his "horseless carriage."
Andrew J. Beard invented the "jerry coupler," a device to connect railroad cars.
1897 The pencil sharpener was patented by J. L. Love.

Walter Reed1902 Doctor and medical researcher Walter Reed died.

1903 Enrico Caruso made his U.S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, New York, in "Rigoletto."

1911 Restaurant chain founder Matthew Perkins was born.

1914 The U.S. Army withdrew from Mexico.

Owen Garriott1930 Astronaut Owen Garriott was born.

1936 The first issue of Life was published.

Jagadish Chandra Bose1937 Scientist-inventor Jagadish Chandra Bose died.

SPARs1942 The Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS) was authorized.

1945 Actor Steve Landesberg was born.

1954 Musician Bruce Hornsby was born.

1955 The United Kingdom transferred ownership of the Cocos Islands to Australia.

1956 Comedian Steve Harvey was born.

1957 Cecile Dionne, one of the Dionne Quintuplets, married Philippe Langlois in Corbeil, Canada.

1960 The Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated.

1963 "Doctor Who" debuted on BBC-TV.

1964 The Beatles released "I Feel Fine" and "She's a Woman."

1967 Pakistan's Mangla Dam was officially opened.

Luna1970 The Soviet-built Luna 17 deployed the first-ever lunar rover, Lunokhod 1.

1979 Pink Floyd's The Wall was released.

1990 Author Roald Dahl died.

1992 Actress Miley Cyrus was born.
1992 Country musician Roy Acuff died.

Concorde2003 The Concorde made its last commercial flight.

2004 The online role-playing game World of Warcraft was released.

2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia.

2007 The cruise liner MS Explorer, with 154 persons aboard, struck an iceberg and sank in the Antarctic Ocean near the South Shetland Islands.

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