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1346 The Serbian Empire was proclaimed.

1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms assembly.

Aphra Behn1689 Author and playwright Aphra Behn died.

Isaac Newton1705 Isaac Newton was knighted by Queen Anne of England.

John Franklin1786 Arctic explorer John Franklin was born.

William Maclay1804 William Maclay, signer of the Declaration of Independence, died.

1818 The U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing an unguarded border between the United States and Canada.

1828 Painter Francisco de Goya died.

1844 Novelist Anatole France was born.

Madame Tussaud1850 Madame Marie Tussaud, wax sculptor and founder of Tussaud's Wax Museum, died.

1859 Historian Alexis de Tocqueville died.

1862 Slavery was abolished in the District of Columbia.

Thomas Blanchard1864 Inventor Thomas Blanchard died.

Wilbur Wright1867 Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of the airplane, was born.

Charlie Chaplin1889 Actor-director-producer Charlie Chaplin was born.

1908 Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah) was established.

1912 Harriet Quimby became the first woman pilot to cross the English Channel.

1921 Actor Peter Ustinov was born.

1924 Composer Henry Mancini was born.

1927 Joseph Alois Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was born.

1929 Mooney Aircraft Company was founded.

1930 Jazz flautist Herbie Mann was born.

1935 The radio program Fibber McGee and Molly debuted.
1935 Singer Bobby Vinton was born.

Dusty Springfield1939 Singer Dusty Springfield was born.

Margrethe II1940 Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was born.

1943 Dr. Albert Hofmann discovered the psychedelic effects of LSD.

1947 Bernard Baruch coined the phrase "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1947 A freighter exploded in the port of Texas City, Texas, touching off more explosions that eventually killed almost 600 persons.
1947 Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born.

1948 The Organization for European Economic Cooperation was formed.

1952 Professional football coach Bill Belichik was born.

Walter Cronkite1962 Walter Cronkite began anchoring the CBS Evening News.

1964 The Rolling Stones released their first album.

1965 Comedian Martin Lawrence was born.

1968 Author Edna Ferber died.

1972 The Apollo 16 mission (the fifth manned mission to the Moon) was launched.
1972 Actor Peter Billingsley was born.

Lucius DuBignon Clay1978 Lucius DuBignon Clay, American general who oversaw the Berlin Airlift, died.

2002 Actor Robert Urich died.

2007 A gunman killed 32 people and wounded another 23 at Virginia Tech before committing suicide.

2008 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that execution by lethal injection does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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