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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.
1663 King Charles II of England signed the Carolina Charter.
1722 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia ended a tax on men with beards.
1808 John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.
1830 Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Fayette, New York.
1846 Slave Dred Scott filed suit in a Missouri court asking to be declared free.
1862 The Battle of Shiloh (Tennessee) was fought.
1866 The Grand Army of the Republic was formed.
1869 John Wesley Hyatt patented Celluloid.
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.
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.
1917 The United States declared war on Germany.
1925 A British Air flight became the first to offer an in-flight movie.
1926 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.
1930 Bakery executive Joseph Dewar invented the Hostess Twinkie.
Country Merle Haggard was born.
1938 Roy J. Plunkett invented Teflon.
1941 Musician Zamfir was born.
1942 Film director Barry Levinson was born.
1947 Actor John Ratzenberger was born.
1952 Actress Marilu Henner was born.
1954 The first "TV dinners" were put on sale by Swanson & Sons.
1965 Early Bird (Intelsat I) was placed in geostationary orbit over the Atlantic Ocean, making it the world's first commercial communications satellite.
1971 Composer Igor Stravinsky died.
1973 Pioneer 11 was launched on a mission to Jupiter and Saturn.
1992 Author Isaac Asimov died.
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.
2005 Prince Rainier of Monaco died.
2012 Painter Thomas Kinkade died.
2016 Singer Merle Haggard died.
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