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742 Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor, was born.
1787 British General Thomas Gage died.
1792 The first U.S. Mint was established, in Philadelphia.
1793 President George Washington officially named William Thornton as the winner of the design competition for the U.S. Capitol.
1805 Hans Christian Andersen, writer of fairy tales, was born.
1810 Napoleon Bonaparte married Marie Louise of Austria.
1819 The first successful agricultural journal, The American Farmer, began publication.
1840 Novelist Émile Zola was born.
1866 President Andrew Johnson officially ended the Civil War in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
1872 Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse died.
1875 Walter Percy Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was born.
1877 The first Easter egg roll was held on the White House lawn.
1884 London's prison for debtors closed.
1908 Buddy Ebsen was born.
1914 Actor Alec Guinness was born.
1920 Actor Jack Webb was born.
1939 Singer Marvin Gaye was born.
1941 Barret Eugene Hansen, aka radio personality Dr. Demento, was born.
1942 Musician Leon Russell was born.
1945 Baseball player Don Sutton was born.
1947 Singer Emmylou Harris was born.
1948 The U.S. Congress approved the Marshall Plan.
1961 Actor Christopher Meloni was born.
1972 Baseball player Gil Hodges died.
1974 French President Georges Pompidou died.
1987 Drummer Buddy Rich died.
1989 Yasser Arafat was elected President of the provisional State of Palestine.
2003 Musician Edwin Starr died.
2005 Pope John Paul II died.
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