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1541 Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of Jesuits.
1581 Francis Drake was knighted.
1588 Frederick II, King of Denmark, died.
1617 John Napier, mathematician who invented logarithms, died.
1660 King Charles II of Great Britain issued the Declaration of Breda.
1686 King James II of Great Britain published the Declaration of Indulgence.
1802 Dorothea Lynde Dix, the first female lobbyist of more than local significance in the United States, was born.
1818 The U.S. Congress adopted a flag with 13 stripes and 20 stars.
1828 Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder.
1841 William Henry Harrison became the first President of the United States to die in office.
1850 The City of Los Angeles, California, was incorporated.
1879 Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, one-time sister-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, died.
1883 Industrialist/philanthropist Peter Cooper died.
1884 William Procter, co-founder of Procter & Gamble, died.
1887 Argonia, Kansas, elected Susanna Medora Salter as the first woman mayor in the United States.
1895 Dance school founder Arthur Murray was born.
1896 Playwright Robert E. Sherwood was born.
Actress Bea Benaderet was born.
1914 Businessman Frederick Weyerhaeuser died.
1915 Musician Muddy Waters was born.
1919 Chemist Sir William Crookes died.
1924 Architect Louis Henri Sullivan died.
1928 Poet Maya Angelou was born.
1929 Automobile inventor Karl Benz died.
1932 Actor Anthony Perkins was born.
1933 Bill France, Jr., CEO of NASCAR, was born.
1946 Actor Craig T. Nelson was born.
1947 The International Civil Aviation Organization was formed.
1949 The United States and 11 other nations established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1956 Film and television producer David E. Kelley was born.
1965 Actor Robert Downey, Jr. was born.
1966 Actress Nancy McKeon was born.
1968 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1969 Denton Cooley received the world's first temporary artificial heart.
world's first electric power plant fueled by
garbage began operating.
Actor Heath Ledger was born.
1980 Country musician Red Sovine died.
1983 Actress Gloria Swanson died.
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