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1357 King Joćo I of Portugal was born.
1564 England and France signed the Peace of Troyes.
1567 William of Orange fled from Antwerp to Breda.
1689 William III and Mary II were crowned as joint rulers of Britain.
1770 British politician George Canning was born.
1803 John Stevens patented a steamboat.
1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the first time.
1848 Hungary became a constitutional monarchy under King Ferdinand of Austria.
Pulaski (Georgia) was surrendered to Union troops.
1865 The Battle of Mobile (Alabama) was fought.
1869 Sculptor Gustav Vigeland was born.
1876 The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized.
1881 Spelman College was founded.
1890 Ellis Island, New York, was designated as an official immigration station.
1893 Dean Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State, was born.
1898 U.S. President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
1899 Chemist Percy Julian was born.
1900 The U.S. Navy purchased its first submarine.
1902 Confederate General Wade Hampton died.
1912 RMS Titanic departed from Queenstown, Ireland, bound for New York City.
1913 Fashion designer Oleg Cassini was born.
1916 Journalist and author Richard Davis died.
1919 The International Labour Organization was founded.
Emirate of Transjordan was created.
1926 Horticulturalist Luther Burbank died.
1930 Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, was born.
1933 Hermann Goering became Premier of Prussia.
1939 Actress Louise Lasser was born.
1942 The Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines was authorized.
1947 Actor Meshach Taylor was born.
1951 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of his command of UN troops in Korea by President Harry Truman.
1953 The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was created by act of Congress.
1957 The Ryan X-13 "Vertijet" became the first aircraft to complete a vertical-conventional-vertical flight.
1964 Bret Saberhagen was born.
1967 Harlem (NYC) voters defied Congress and reelected Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
1968 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Civil Rights Act.
1971 Ugandan ruler Idi Amin was forced to flee his country in advance of Tanzanian troops.
1985 Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha died.
1987 Author Erskine Caldwell died.
2007 Author Kurt Vonnegut died.
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