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1498 King Charles VIII of France died.

1506 St. Francis Xavier was born.

1614 Painter El Greco died.

1648 Painter Ferdinand van Kessel was born.

1652 The Dutch established a settlement at what is now Cape Town, South Africa.
1652 Pope Clement XII was born.

1727 Composer Henri Hardouin was born.

1770 Poet William Wordsworth was born.

1788 Marietta, the first permanent settlement in Ohio, was established.

1798 The Mississippi Territory was organized from territory ceded by Georgia and South Carolina.

1827 John Walker invented wooden matches.

1859 Walter Camp, "inventor of American football," was born.

Will Keith Kellogg1866 Ceral company founder Will Keith Kellogg was born.

Umetaro Suzuki1874 Umetaro Suzuki, the discoverer of vitamin B1, was born.

1884 Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski was born.

P.T. Barnum1891 Showman and circus founder Phineas Taylor Barnum died.

1899 Pianist and composer Robert Marcel Casadesus was born.

1902 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) was formed.

1908 Musician Percy Faith was born.

1915 Singer Billie Holiday was born.

1920 Musician Ravi Shankar was born.

1921 Sun Yat-sen was elected President of China.

1923 The first brain tumor operation under local anesthetic was performed at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City by Dr. K. Winfield Ney.
1923 The Workers Party of America became an official communist party.

1928 Actor James Garner was born.

1933 Actor Wayne Rogers was born.

1938 Utah became the 38th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition.

1939 Film director Francis Ford Coppola was born.
1939 Journalist David Frost was born.

1945 U.S. planes intercepted a Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa.

Henry Ford1947 Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford died.

1948 The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.

1949 Musician John Oates was born.

1954 Actor Jackie Chan was born.
1954 Football player Tony Dorsett was born.

1962 Actor Hugh O'Connor was born.

1964 Actor Russell Crowe was born.

1970 The Milwaukee Brewers played their first game, and lost of the Angels 12-0.

1975 Football player Tiki Barber was born.

1977 The Toronto Blue Jays played their first game, and beat Chicago 9-5.

1992 The Bosnian Serb Republic declared its independence.

1994 The Vatican acknowledged the Holocaust for the first time.

2001 The Mars Odyssey spacecraft was launched.

2007 Cartoonist Johnny Hart died.

2012 Television journalist Mike Wallace died.

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