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106 B.C. Roman General Pompey was born (according to tradition).

1399 King Richard II of England abdicated.

1777 The Continental Congress fled to York, Pennsylvania.

1791 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.
1791 The National Constituent Assembly of France was dissolved.

1841 Samuel Slocum patented the first stapler.

William T.G. Morton1846 Dr. William T.G. Morton used sulfuric ether to remove an ulcerated tooth from a patient who experienced no pain during the procedure.

Jakob Ludwig Grimm1863 Wilhelm Karl Grimm, collector and publisher of fairy tales, died.

1867 Midway Island was formally declared a U.S. possession.

1880 Henry Draper took the first ever photograph of the Orion Nebula.

1885 Bechuanaland became a British protectorate.

1895 France proclaimed a protectorate over Madagascar.

1898 The City of New York was established.

McKinley Memorial1907 The McKinley Memorial was dedicated.

1917 Drummer Buddy Rich was born.

1924 Author Truman Capote was born.

Leonard Reiffel1927 Physicist and inventor Leonard Reiffel was born.

1928 Human rights activist Elie Wiesel was born.

1931 Actress Angie Dickinson was born.

Boulder/Hoover Dam1935 Boulder Dam was dedicated.
1935 Singer Johnny Mathis was born.

1942 Singer Frankie Lymon was born.

Nuremberg War Crimes Trials1946 The first verdicts of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials were announced.

1948 Edith Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, died.

1949 The Berlin Airlift ended.

1950 The radio show "Grand Ole Opry" was broadcast on television for the first time.

USS Nautilus1954 The world's first nuclear powered ship, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned.
1954 Actor Barry Williams was born.

1955 Actor James Dean was killed in a car accident.

1957 French Premier Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury resigned.

Guinea1958 Guinea gained independence from France.

Lyman Lemnitzer1960 General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer became Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1960 "The Flintstones" premiered on ABC-TV, making it the first prime-time animated series.
1960 The last new episode of "The Howdy Doody Show" aired on NBC-TV.

1961 A train hit a bus at a crossing near Taipei, Taiwan, killing 10 persons.

1962 James Meredith registered for classes at the University of Mississippi.

Botswana1966 Botswana gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1968 The first Boeing 747 was rolled out.

1972 A passenger train derailed at Rust Stasie, South Africa, killing 48 persons.

1978 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen died.

1984 "Murder She Wrote" premiered on CBS-TV.

Charles Richter1985 Charles Richter, co-creator of the Richter Scale, died.
Simone Signoret1985 French actress Simone Signoret died.

1991 Jean Betrand Aristide was ousted as President of Haiti.

1993 A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Latur, India, killing approximately 28,000 persons.

2010 Film and television producer Stephen J. Cannell died.

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