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1199 King Richard I of England died.
1320 The Scots reaffirmed their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
1385 John, Master of the Order of Aviz, was made King John I of Portugal.
1483 Painter Raphael was born.
1520 Painter Raphael died.
1522 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives on a South Pacific island.
1528 Engraver Albrecht Dürer died.
1652 Cape Colony, the first European settlement in South Africa, was established by the Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck.
1722 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia ended a tax on men with beards.
1782 King Raksin of Siam was overthrown in a coup d'état.
1789 The first session of the first U. S. Congress began in New York City, New York.
1808 John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.
1830 Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church at Fayette, New York.
1841 The cornerstone for the Mormon temple at Nauvo, Indiana, was laid.
1846 Slave Dred Scott filed suit in a Missouri court asking to be declared free.
1860 Joseph Smith III created the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
1862 The Battle of Shiloh (Tennessee) was fought.
1866 The Grand Army of the Republic was formed.
1869 John Wesley Hyatt patented Celluloid.
1877 Jamie Anderson won the British Golf Open.
1886 The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, was incorporated.
1889 George Eastman began selling flexible rolled film.
1890 Airplane builder Anthony Fokker was born.
1892 Journalist Lowell Thomas was born.
1893 The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, was dedicated.
1896 The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.
1903 Dutch railroad and dock workers went on strike.
1906 The first animated cartoon was copyrighted.
A small party of Arctic explorers led by Robert E. Peary became the first men to reach the North Pole.
1914 The American Radio Relay League was founded.
1917 The United States declared war on Germany.
1919 Bavaria proclaimed itself a Soviet republic.
1925 A British Air flight became the first to offer an in-flight movie.
Varney Airlines pilot Leon Cuddleback made the first
contract airmail flight from Pasco, Washington, to Elko,
Nevada, in a Swallow Mail Plane.
1929 Pianist André Previn was born.
Bakery executive Joseph Dewar invented the Hostess
1931 "Little Orphan Annie" debuted on NBC-Radio.
tornado killed 203 persons in Gainesville, Georgia.
Country Merle Haggard was born.
1938 Roy J. Plunkett invented Teflon.
Italian forces holding Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, surrendered
to British and Ethiopian forces.
1942 Film director Barry Levinson was born.
1943 British and U. S. armies linked up in North Africa.
Jimmy Demaret won the Masters Golf Tournament.
Snead won the Masters Golf Tournament.
1954 The first "TV dinners" were put on sale by Swanson & Sons.
A Capitol Airlines Viscount airplane crashed while
attempting to land at Tri-City Airport near Midland,
Michigan, killing all 44 persons aboard.
1960 Fifty-seven persons died when a motor launch capsized in a storm in the Persian Gulf.
1961 A gunpowder and ammunition store exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 23 persons.
1964 A bus plunged into the Alucura River near Sebinkarahisar, Turkey, killing 35 persons.
1965 Early Bird (Intelsat I) was placed in geostationary orbit over the Atlantic Ocean, making it the world's first commercial communications satellite.
1967 Trans World Airlines retired its last propellor-driven airliner, making it the first major U.S. airline to have an all-jet fleet.
1968 Hemisfair '68 opened in San Antonio, Texas.
1969 A Chinese freighter collided with an oil barge on the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana, killing 25 crewmen.
1971 Composer Igor Stravinsky died.
1973 Pioneer 11 was launched on a mission to Jupiter and Saturn.
1977 The Kingdome, in Seattle, Washington, opened with a 7-0 loss by the Seattle Mariners to the California Angels.
1980 Post It Notes were introduced.
1981 Yugoslavia sent troops to Kosovo.
Eleven people were in space at the same time.
1985 Sudan suspended its constitution.
1989 Orel Hershiser ended his record 59 consecutive innings scoreless streak.
Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in
the first game atCamden Field.
1994 An airplane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down.
1996 Actress Greer Garson died.
1998 Singer Wendy
2000 Habib Bourguiba, the first President of Tunisia, died.
President Rolandas Paksas was removed from office by
2005 Prince Rainier of Monaco died.
2009 A magnitude 6.3
earthquake near L'Aquila, Italy, killed at least 253
2010 Connecticut defeated Stanford 53-47 for the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
2012 Painter Thomas Kinkade died.
2013 A suicide bombing at an election campaign tent in Baquba, Iraq, killed 22 persons and injured 60.
2015 Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
2016 Singer Merle Haggard died.
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