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1632 Philosopher Baruch Spinoza was born.

Abel Tasman1642 Abel Janzoon Tasman discovered Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).

1703 Justus Falckner was ordained as the first Lutheran pastor in America, in Philadelphia.

1713 Missionary Father Junípero Serra was born.
1713 Novelist Laurence Sterne was born.

1759 Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Zachary Taylor1784 Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, was born.

1807 Mohawk leader Joseph Brant died.

1835 The Texas Provisional Government authorized formation of the Texas Rangers.

1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.
1859 Architect Cass Gilbert was born.

1863 The Battle of Lookout Mountain began.

1864 Painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born.

1868 Jazz musician Scott Joplin was born.

1869 The American Woman's Suffrage Association was organized in Cleveland.
1869 António Óscar Carmona, President of Portugal, was born.

1871 The National Rifle Association was organized in New York City.

Joseph Glidden1874 Joseph F. Glidden patented barbed wire.

1877 American politician Alben W. Barkley was born.

1884 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel, was born.

1888 Motivational author and speaker Dale Carnegie was born.

1896 The first U.S. absentee voting law was enacted by Vermont.

1897 The Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union was organized.
1897 Mobster Lucky Luciano was born.

1903 Clyde Coleman patented the automobile electric starter.

1913 Actor Geraldine Fitzgerald was born.

1916 Inventor Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim died.

1921 American politician John Lindsay was born.

1925 Columnist William F. Buckley was born.

1929 Georges Clemenceau, former Prime Minister of France, died.

1932 The FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory officially opened.

1933 Actor René Enriquez was born.

Charles Raymond Starkweather1938 Murderer Charles Starkweather was born.

1941 Drummer Pete Best was born.

1944 U.S. bombers based on Saipan launched the first U.S. attack on Tokyo.

1946 Serial killer Ted Bundy was born.

1947 The House Un-American Activites Committee found the "Hollywood 10" in contempt for refusing to reveal whether they were communists.
1947 Actor Dwight Schultz was born.

1948 Ireland voted for independence from the United Kingdom.

1949 Britain nationalized its steel and iron industry.

1950 Communist China joined forces with North Korea against South Korea and the United Nations.

1957 Actress Denise Crosby was born.

Jack Ruby1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

1971 Dan "DB" Cooper parachuted from a hijacked Northwest AL 727 with $200,000.

1974 U.S. President Gerald Ford and Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT-2-treaty.

1978 Actress Katherine Heigl was born.

1981 The first air-launched cruise missile was tested.

Czechoslovakia1989 The Communist Party resigned its authority in Czechoslovakia.

1991 Eric Carr, drummer for KISS, died.
Singer Freddie Mercury died.

2003 Baseball player Warren Spahn died.

2004 Novelist Arthur Hailey died.

2005 Actor Pat Morita died.

2016 Actress Florence Henderson died.

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