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1775 The British besieged Boston.

1777 New York adopted a new constitution as an independent state.

1809 Napoleon I defeated Austria at the Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.

George Clinton1812 George Clinton, Governor of New York and Vice-President of the United States, was born.

1836 The Territory of Wisconsin was organized.

King Carol I1839 Karl Eitel Friedrich, Prince and first King of Romania (as Carol I), was born.

Daniel Chester French1850 Sculptor Daniel Chester French was born.

Harriet Tubman1853 Harriet Tubman started the Underground Railroad.

Robert E. Lee1861 Colonel Robert E. Lee resigned from the Union Army.

1889 Adolf Hitler, founder and leader of the German Nazi Party, was born.

1893 Silent film actor Harold Lloyd was born.

Charles Richter1900 Charles Richter, co-creator of the Richter Scale, was born.

1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition1904 The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis.

1908 Jazz musician Lionel Hampton was born.

1912 Author Bram Stoker died.

1934 Heinrich Himmler became inspector of the Prussian Secret State Police.

1937 Actor George Takei was born.

Gro Harlem Brundtland 1939 Gro Harlem Brundtland, the first woman Prime Minister of Norway, was born.

1940 The first electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA in Philadelphia.

1941 Actor Ryan O'Neal was born.

1945 The U.S. 7th Army and allied forces captured Nuremberg and Stuttgart, Germany.

King Christian X1947 King Christian X of Denmark died.

1949 Actress Jessica Lange was born.

1951 Singer Luther Vandross was born.

1961 Baseball player Don Mattingly was born.

1970 Actor Shemar Moore was born.

1972 Model Carmen Electra was born.

1976 Actor Joey Lawrence was born.

Senor Wences1999 Ventriloquist Seņor Wences died.

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