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1185 Pope Lucius III died.

1277 Giovanni Gaetano Orsini was elected Pope Nicolas III.

1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.

1542 An English army defeated a Scottish army at the Battle of Solway Moss.

1562 Playwright Lope de Vega was born.

Empress Elizabeth1741 Elizabeth Petrovna seized the throne of Russia and became Empress Elizabeth.

1783 The British Army evacuated New York City.

Benjamin Banneker1792 Benjamin Banneker published the first edition of his Farmer's Almanac.

Andrew Carnegie1835 Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born.

Karl Benz1844 Automobile inventor Karl Benz was born.

Carrie Nation1846 Temperance advocate Carrie Nation was born.

1857 James G. Birney, Abolitionist Liberty Party candidate, died.

Ethelbert Nevin1862 Composer Ethelbert Nevin was born.

1863 The Battle of Missionary Ridge (Tennessee) was fought.

Alfred Nobel1867 Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

1874 The United States Greenback Party was established.

1876 United States Army troops sacked Chief Dull Knife's sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

Pope John XXIII1881 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, aka Pope John XXIII, was born.

1884 John B Meyenberg patented evaporated milk.

1885 King Alfonso XII of Spain died.
1885 American politician Thomas Andrews Hendricks died.

William DeHart Hubbard1903 Olympic track star William DeHart Hubbard was born.

1912 The American College of Surgeons was incorporated.

1913 The Irish Volunteers were founded in Dublin.

1914 Baseball player Joe DiMaggio was born.

Augusto Pinochet1915 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was born.

1920 The first known Thanksgiving parade was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ricardo Montalban1920 Actor Ricardo Montalban was born.

1926 Author Poul Anderson was born.

1937 The Paris World's Fair closed.

1940 The SS Patria, carrying about 200 illegal immigrants, sank in the port of Haifa, Israel.
Woody Woodpecker debuted with the release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock."
1940 NFL coach Joe Gibbs was born.

1941 Singer Percy Sledge was born.

1944 A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth's store in Deptford, England, killing 160 persons.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball, died.

1947 New Zealand became a dominion of the United Kingdom.
Actor John Larroquette was born.

1949 Dancer Bill Robinson, aka "Bojangles," died.

1951 A train crash in Woodstock, Alabama, killed 17 persons.
Baseball player Bucky Dent was born.

1955 Racial segregation on U.S. interstate buses and trains was outlawed.

Charles F. Kettering1958 Inventor Charles F. Kettering died.

1960 Singer Amy Grant was born.
1960 John F. Kennedy, Jr., son of President John F. Kennedy, was born.

1963 President John F. Kennedy's funeral was held in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Mobutu1965 Army Commander General Joseph Mobutu deposed Congolese President Joseph Kasavubu.

1968 Actress Jill Hennessy was born.
1968 Novelist Upton Sinclair died.

1971 "Dan Cooper" jumped out of an airplane over Washington with $200,000 in ransom money.
1971 Actress Christina Applegate was born.

1973 Three Palestinians hijacked a Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747 over Iraq and forced it to fly to Dubai.
Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
1973 The maximum speed limit in the United States was cut to 55 miles per hour.
1973 Albert DeSalvo, aka "Boston Strangler," died.

1974 The Irish Republican Army was outlawed iby the British Parliament.
U Thant1974 U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations, died.

Suriname1975 The Netherlands granted Suriname its independence.

1976 Football player Donovan McNabb was born.

1979 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a football game together for the first time.

1981 South African mercenaries attempted to overthrow the government of Seychelles.
Rollie Fingers became the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP award.
1981 Actor Jack Albertson died.

1982 Fire destroyed an entire city block of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1983 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamaonds, and cash was stolen from a Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England.

1984 William Schroeder became the second person to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart.
Band Aid recorded the single "Do They Know It's Christmas."

1986 The Iran-Contra Affair was made public.

1987 Typhoon Nina killed at least 1,036 persons in the Philippines.

Lech Walesa1980 Lech Walesa won Poland's first ever popular presidential election.

1993 Author Anthony Burgess died.

1998 Comedian Flip Wilson died.

1997 Hastings Banda, the first President of Malawi, died.

1999 Actor Billy Benedict died.

2009 Flooding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killed over 150 persons.

2012 Twin car bombs at a Protestant church in Nigeria killed 11 persons and wounded 30 others.
2012 A wedding party bus plunged 300 feet down a gorge in India, killing 16 persons and injuring 44 others.

2013 A cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 17 persons and wounded 37 others.

Fidel Castro2016 Cuban leader Fidel Castro died.
2016 Actor Ron Glass died.

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