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1568 Pope Urban VIII was born.

1588 Philosopher Thomas Hobbes was born.

Pocahontas1614 Pocahontas married John Rolfe.

1649 Elihu Yale, benefactor of Yale University, was born.

1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island.

1792 George Washington cast the first presidential veto.

Nicholas Sterne1801 Nicolas Adolphus Sterne, early Texas entrepreneur, was born.

1806 Isaac Quintard patented apple cider.

1818 The Battle of Maipu was fought.

Joseph Lister1827 Joseph Lister, surgeon who introduced the use of antiseptics, was born.

1837 Poet Algernon Swinburne was born.

Booker T. Washington1856 Educator Booker T. Washington was born.

George Pullman1864 George Pullman received a patent for a railroad car with folding upper berth.

1887 Anne Sullivan taught "water" to Helen Keller.

Johnson County Range War1892 The Johnson County Range War began.

1900 Actor Spencer Tracy was born.

1901 Actor Melvyn Douglas was born.

Bette Davis1908 Actress Bette Davis was born.

1916 Actor Gregory Peck was born.

1920 Author Arthur Hailey was born.

1929 Actor Nigel Hawthorne was born.

1933 Actor Frank Gorshin was born.

Colin Powell1937 Colin Powell, U.S. General and Secretary of State, was born.

1941 Actor Michael Moriarty was born.

1943 Actor Max Gail was born.

1949 Astronaut Judith Resnik was born.

1951 Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death.

1954 Elvis Presley recorded his debut single "That's All Right."

Douglas MacArthur1964 U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur died.

1967 Violinist Mischa Elman died.

1975 Chiang Kai-shek, President of Nationalist China, died.

Howard Hughes1976 Billionaire Howard Hughes died.

Abraham Fortas1982 Supreme Court Justice Abraham Fortas died.

1991 U.S. Senator John Tower died.

1992 Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton died.

1994 Singer Kurt Cobain died.

1997 Poet Allen Ginsberg died.

2005 Novelist Saul Bellow died.

2006 Singer-songwriter Gene Pitney died.

2008 Actor Charlton Heston died.

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