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1227 Pope Gregory IX excommunicated German Emperor Frederik II.

1547 Author Miguel de Cervantes was born.

1725 Robert Clive, British soldier and founder of British rule in India, was born.

Horatio Nelson1758 British naval hero Horatio Nelson was born.

Robert Ross1814 Robert Ross, British general who burned Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, was killed in battle.

1833 King Ferdinand VII of Spain died.

1838 Architect Henry H. Richardson was born.

1853 The emigrant ship Annie Jane sank off Scotland, drowning 348 persons.

1864 Philosopher Miguel de Unamuno was born.

Sterling Price1867 Sterling Price, American Civil War general, died.

1885 The first practical public electric tramway in the world opened in Blackpool, England.

1901 Nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi was born.

1904 Actress Greer Garson was born.

Gene Autry1907 Gene Autry, the "original singing cowboy," was born.

1911 Italy declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

Rudolf Diesel1913 Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, disappeared while on a cruise; his body was found several days later.

1915 The first transcontinental radio telephone message was sent.
1915 A hurricane claimed 275 lives in the Mississippi River delta.

1927 Telephone service between the United States and Mexico began.
1927 A tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, killing 85 persons.

1929 Jayhawk Aircraft Corporation was organized.

1935 Musician Jerry Lee Lewis was born.

1939 Actor Larry Linville was born.

1942 Actress Madeline Kahn was born.
1942 Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty was born.

Lech Wales1943 Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, was born.

Nurember War Crimes Trials1946 Arguments in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials ended.

1948 Talk show host Bryant Gumbel was born.

1953 "Make Room for Daddy" premiered on ABC-TV.
1953 "The Milton Berle Show" debuted on NBC-TV.

1954 A Star is Born, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, premiered.

1957 A passenger train collided with an oil train in Gambar, West Pakistan, killing 300 persons.
"DuPont Show of the Month" debuted on CBS-TV.
1957 "Paul Winchell Show" debuted on ABC-TV.

1959 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuted on CBS-TV.
1959 "Philip Marlowe" debuted on ABC-TV.

1960 "My Three Sons" debuted on ABC-TV.

United Arab Republic1961 Syria declared itself a republic and dissolved its association with the United Arab Republic.
1961 An explosion and fire aboard the Norwegian Starcarrier killed 21 persons while the ship was off Diégo-Suarez, Malagasy Republic.

1962 "The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" debuted on ABC-TV.

1963 "The Judy Garland Show" debuted on CBS-TV.
1963 "My Favorite Martian" debuted on CBS-TV.
1963 The Rolling Stones began their first tour, as the opening act for Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers.

1966 Bechuanaland gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1966 The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced.

1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips released "I Heard it Through the Grapevine."

1969 "Love American Style" premiered on ABC-TV.
1969 "Sale of the Century" premiered on NBC-TV.

1971 "McMillan and Wife" premiered on NBC-TV.

1975 Baseball player Casey Stengel died.

1976 "Alice" premiered on CBS-TV.

Salyut 61977 The Soviet Union launched the space station Salyut 6 into earth orbit.
1977 Muhammad Ali successfully defended his world heavyweight boxing title by dfeating Ernie Shavers in 15 rounds.

Francisco Macias Nguema1979 Francisco Macias Nguema, the first President of Equatorial Guinea, was executed.

1985 "Amazing Stories" debuted on NBC-TV.
1985 "MacGyver" debuted on CBS-TV.

1986 "Designing Women" debuted on CBS-TV.

1988 Cartoonist Charles Addams died.

1989 Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills.

1996 The Nintendo 64 video game system debuted in the United States.

1998 Tom Bradley, long-time Mayor of Los Angeles, died.

Tony Curtis2010 Actor Tony Curtis died.

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