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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 the internal combustion engine.
1853 Cincinnsti, 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.
1873 Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was born.
1876 The first official National League game was played.
1883 Actor Lon Chaney was born.
1891 The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago.
1905 The British East African Protectorate became a colony of Kenya.
1917 Musician Scott Joplin died.
1918 The Royal Air Force of Great Britain was established.
1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force was established.
1925 Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, was dedicated.
1929 Football coach Bo Schembechler was born.
1931 Jackie Mitchell became the first woman to play professional baseball.
Actor Gordon Jump was born.
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.
1946 Weight Watchers was formed.
1948 Musician Jimmy Cliff was born.
1954 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.
American Motor Company (AMC) introduced its first
sub-compact car, the Gremlin.
1980 Wrestler Randy Orton was born.
1984 Singer Marvin Gaye died.
1991 Choreographer and dancer Martha Graham died.
1998 U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.
1999 The Euro was adopted as an official currency by 11 European countries.
2003 Army Private 1st Class Jessica Lynch was rescued from an Iraq hospital by American troops.
2010 Actor John Forsythe died.
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