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1578 William Harvey, physician who discovered how blood circulates, was born.
Painter Gaspar de Crayer was born.
1732 Composer Franz Joseph Haydn was born.
1748 The ruins of Pompeii were discovered.
1789 The U. S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting.
1815 Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck was born.
1826 Samuel Mory patented an internal combustion engine.
1853 Cincinnati, Ohio, established the first professional fire department in the United States.
1863 The first wartime draft in the United States went into effect.
1868 Dramatist Edmond Rostand was born.
WhiteStar steamship Atlantic sank off Nova
Scotia, Canada, killing 547 persons.
1876 The first official National League game was played.
1883 Actor Lon Chaney was born.
1891 The Wrigley Company
was founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1905 The British East African Protectorate became the colony of Kenya.
1917 Musician Scott Joplin died.
1918 The Royal Air Force of Great Britain was established.
1920 The Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup.
Royal Canadian Air Force was established.
1925 Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, was dedicated.
1929 Football coach Bo Schembechler was born.
earthquake devastated Managua, Nicaragua, and killed
about 2,000 people.
Actor Gordon Jump was born.
1934 Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker killed two highway patrolmen near Grapevine, Texas.
1937 Aden became a British Crwon Colony.
1938 The Baseball Hall
of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.
1944 Baseball player Rusty Staub was born.
1945 U.S. troops landed on Okinawa Island.
Malayan Union was formed.
1947 King George II of Greece died.
The Faroe Islands received autonomy from Denmark.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation
authorizing establishment of the U. S. Air Force Academy.
TIROS-1, the first
weather satellite, was launched.
1963 The soap operas "General Hospital" and "Doctors" premiered.
1967 The U. S. Department of Transportation officially began operations.
American Motor Company (AMC) introduced its first
sub-compact car, the Gremlin.
1972 Major League Baseball players staged their first collective strike.
SteveWozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer.
1978 The Philippine College of Commerce became the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree.
1979 Iran was proclaimed an Islamic Republic.
assassination attempt on Iraqi Vice-Premier Tariq Aziz
1982 The United States formally transfered the Canal Zone to Panama.
University of Southern California defeated Tennessee
72-61 to win the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
1985 Villanova defeated Georgetown 84-75 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
Nicklaus won his first start on the Senior PGA tour.
released British hostage Roger Cooper, after 5 years.
1992 National Hockey League players went on strike.
1996 Kentucky defeated Syracuse 76-67 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
1998 U. S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.
Euro was adopted as an official currency by 11 European
Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic
surrendered to police special forces.
Netherlands became the first nation to legalize
2003 Army Private 1st Class Jessica Lynch was rescued from an Iraq hospital by American troops.
2004 Google launched Gmail.
2006 The Serious Organised Crime Agency was created in the United Kingdom.
2010 Actor John Forsythe died.
2012 A plane crash in western Siberia killed at least 31 people.
2015 Fifty-five persons died when the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
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