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Lorenzo de'Medici, ruler of Florence, died.
King Charles VIII of France was beheaded.
Philip IV, King of Spain and Portugal, was born.
Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, was
Astronomer David Rittenhouse was born.
1793 Edmond Charles Genet arrived in the United States on a
mission to enlist American aid in France's war
against Great Britain.
King Christaan IX of Denmark was born.
Elisha Otis, inventor of the
"safe elevator," died.
Neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing was born.
Paraf patented the first successful
1875 Albert I, King of Belgium, was
Mary Pickford was born.
1904 New York
City's Long Acre Square was renamed Times Square.
Actress Helena Modjeska died.
Figure skater-actress Sonja Henie was born.
The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, requiring
direct election of U.S. Senators, became law.
Richard Olney, U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of
1919 Merchant Frank Winfield Woolworth died.
Betty (Bloomer) Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford, was born.
Comedian Shecky Green was born.
1934 Candy company
founder Franklin Clarence Mars died.
Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times,
Singer Peggy Lennon was born.
Major League pitcher "Catfish" Hunter
Actor Gerald McRaney was born.
Actor John Schneider was born.
Rock musician Izzy Stradlin was born.
Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon, was born.
The first mission of the Gemini Program was launched.
Actress Patricia Arquette was born.
Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe
1974 Artist Pablo Picasso died.
1981 U.S. General Omar Nelson Bradley died.
The television series Twin Peaks
premiered on ABC.
The British satire magazine Punch
published its final issue.
Opera singer Marian Anderson died.
Rock musician Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
Folk singer Laura Nyro died.
Television journalist Mike Wallace died.
2013 British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher died.
2013 Actress Annette Funicello died.
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