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Charlemagne742 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.

William Thornton1793 President George Washington officially named William Thornton as the winner of the design competition for the U.S. Capitol.

Hans Christian Andersen1805 Hans Christian Andersen, writer of fairy tales, was born.

Napoleon Bonaparte1810 Napoleon Bonaparte married Marie Louise of Austria.

1819 The first successful agricultural journal, The American Farmer, began publication.

1840 Novelist Émile Zola was born.

President Andrew Johnson1866 President Andrew Johnson officially ended the Civil War in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Samuel F.B. Morse1872 Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse died.

Walter Chrysler1875 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.

President Woodrow Wilson addresses Congress1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

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.

Yasser Arafat1989 Yasser Arafat was elected President of the provisional State of Palestine.

2003 Musician Edwin Starr died.

Pope John Paul II2005 Pope John Paul II died.

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