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1483 King Edward IV of England died.

La Salle1682 An expedition led by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, became the first to sail down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Rufus Putnam1738 Rufus Putnam, the "father of Ohio," was born.

Fisher Ames1758 Fisher Ames, member of the first U.S. House of Representatives, was born.

1770 Physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck was born.

John Burgoyne1792 British General John Burgoyne died.

Eadweard Muybridge1830 Eadweard Muybridge, pioneer in the field of "stop-action" photography, was born.

King Leopold II1835 King Leopold II of Belgium was born.

1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
Charles Proteus Steinmetz1865 Electrical engineer Charles Proteus Steinmetz was born.

1870 The American Anti-Slavery Society disbanded.

1872 Samuel R. Percy patented dried milk.

1898 Curly Lambeau, founder of the Green Bay Packers, was born.
1898 Singer Paul Robeson was born.

1926 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was born.

1932 Naturalist Jim Fowler was born.
1932 Musician Carl Perkins was born.

1937 Television producer Marty Krofft was born.

Marian Anderson1939 Opera singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1939 Actress Michael Learned was born.

1942 Bataan fell to the Japanese.

1953 The first issue of TV Guide was published.

1954 Actor Dennis Quaid was born.

1959 The Washington Senators beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-2 in the opening game of the 1959 Major League Baseball season.
The Mercury Seven1959 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration introduced seven military test pilots as the first U.S. "space pilots."
1959 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright died.

H.F. Verwoerd1960 Hendrik F. Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa, was shot by a white planter at Johannesburg.

1961 Sylvanus Olympio was elected President of Togo.

1967 The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight.

1971 Auto racer Jacques Villeneuve was born.

John Havlicek1940 Basketball player John Havlicek played his last game.

1990 Actress Kristen Stewart was born.

Manuel Noriega1992 Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of drug and racketeering charges.

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