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1397 Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.
1704 The first successful newspaper in America was published in Boston by John Campbell.
1741 Jurist Samuel Chase was born.
1790 Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor, died.
1817 The first school for the deaf in the United States opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
1818 Tsar Alexander II of Russia was born.
1820 Alexander Cartwright, the "Father of Baseball," was born.
1824 Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54° 40'N.
1837 Financier J.P. Morgan was born.
1861 Virginia seceded from the Union.
1875 Snooker was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1894 Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, was born.
1896 Ventriloquist Seņor Wences was born.
1897 Novelist Thornton Wilder was born.
1916 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon/Sri Lanka, was born.
1918 Actor William Holden was born.
1920 The American Professional Football Association was formed.
1923 Television journalist Harry Reasoner was born.
1934 Music publisher and producer Don Kirshner was born.
1937 Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd, and Petunia Pig debuted.
1941 The U.S. Office of Price Administration was formed.
1946 Syria gained independence from a League of Nations mandate.
1954 Wrestler Roddy Piper was born.
1958 The Brussels World's Fair opened.
1961 Football player Boomer Esiason was born.
1964 The Ford Mustang was formally introduced to the public.
1967 Nino Benvenuti won the World Middleweight Boxing Title, by decision, from Emile Griffith.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1972 Actress Jennifer Garner was born.
1982 Canada gained formal control of its own Constitution.
1990 Ralph David Abernathy, American civil rights activist, died.
1998 Musician Linda McCartney died.
2016 Actress Doris Roberts died.
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