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Saint Andrew's Day

1016 King Ethelred II of England died.

1427 King Casimir IV of Poland was born.

Jonathan Swift1667 Author Jonathan Swift was born.

1700 King Charles XII of Sweden defeated Russia at Narva .

1718 King Charles XII of Sweden died.

1782 Great Britain signed an agreement formally recognizing American independence.

1803 Spain formally transferred control of Louisiana over to France.

1804 The impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase began.

1817 Historian Theodor Mommsen was born.

SS Savannah1819 The SS Savannah returned to Savannah, Georgia, after becoming the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.

1824 Ground was broken at Allenburg for building of the Welland Canal.

1829 The Welland Canal opened.

1830 Pope Pius VIII died.

Samuel Clemens1835 Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born.

1838 Mexico declared war on France.

Jagadish Chandra Bose1858 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian scientist and inventor, was born.

1864 The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, was fought.
1864 The Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina, was fought.

1866 Work on the first underwater highway tunnel in the United States began in Chicago, Illinois.

John McCrae1872 John McCrae, author of "In Flanders Fields," was born.
1872 The first-ever international football match was played at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England.

Winston Churchill1874 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.

1876 The first officially allowed, completed forward pass was thrown in a game between Princeton and Yale, by Yale player Walter Camp to O. D. Thompson.

1886 The first commercially successful AC power plant opened in Buffalo, New York.

1887 The first indoor softball game was played in Chicago, Illinois.

1900 Author Oscar Wilde died.

Gordon Parks1912 Photographer Gordon Parks was born.

1918 Actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., was born.

Sarah Bernhardt1922 Actress Sarah Bernhardt made her last appearance on stage.

1924 The world's first photo facsimile was transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean by radio.
1924 American politician Shirley Chisholm was born.

1927 Actor Robert Guillaume was born.

1929 Television personality Dick Clark was born.

1930 Government official-turned-radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy was born.

1934 The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour.

1936 London's Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire.
1936 Activist Abbie Hoffman was born.

1937 Actor Robert Guillaume was born.
1937 Film director Ridley Scott was born.

1939 Russia invaded Finland.

1945 Macy's produced its first Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Seattle-Tacoma plane crash1947 Nine persons were killed when an Alaska Airlines transport plane crashed while landing at Seattle-Tacoma (Washington) Airport.

1948 The Negro National League disbanded.

1952 Actor Mandy Patinkin was born.

1954 Liz Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, became the only person known to have been struck by a meteorite.

1955 Rock singer Billy Idol was born.

1957 Comedian Colin Mochrie was born.

1960 A federal court refused to suspend school desegregation in New Orleans, Louisiana, and voided newly enacted state laws designed to thwart integration.

1962 Baseball player Bo Jackson was born.

1965 Actor Ben Stiller was born.

Barbados1966 Barbados became independent of British rule.

1967 Southern Yemen became independent of British rule.

1978 Singer Clay Aiken was born.

1979 Pink Floyd released The Wall.
1979 Actor Zeppo Marx died.

1990 Author Norman Cousins died.

1996 Musician Tiny Tim died.

1997 American politician Coleman Young died.

2004 Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings finally lost, leaving him with $2,520,700 in winnings, television's all-time biggest game show haul.

2007 Daredevil Evel Knievel died.

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