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1370 Building began on the Bastille in Paris, France.
1451 Queen Isabella of Spain, was born.
1500 Pedro Ãlvares Cabral sighted the coast of Brazil.
1521 King François I of France declared war on Spain.
1526 The first slave revolt in the American colonies took place in South Carolina.
1529 Spain and Portugal divided the Eastern Hemisphere.
1610 Pope Alexander VIII was born.
1616 Author Miguel de Cervantes died.
1659 Lord Protector Richard Cromwell disbanded the English Parliament.
1707 Author and playwright Henry Fielding was born.
1724 Philosopher Immanuel Kant was born.
1793 President George Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation to keep the United States out of the war between France and Great Britain.
1823 R. J. Tyers patented roller skates.
1832 Julius Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, was born.
1870 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian Bolshevik leader, was born.
1889 The Oklahoma Land Rush officially began.
1903 TheAmerican Power Boat Association was formed.
1904 Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was born.
1906 Actor Eddie Albert was born.
1915 Germany introduced the use of
poison gas on the battlefield.
1923 Television producer Aaron Spelling was born.
1924 The Hague Chambers of Commerce was formed.
1926 Actress Charlotte Rae was born.
1933 Henry Royce, designer of the first Rolls-Royce, died.
1936 Singer Glen Campbell was born.
1937 Actor Jack Nicholson was born.
1943 Singer Mel Carter was born.
1945 The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
1946 Film director John Waters was
1947 Terrorists blew up a train near Rehovoth, Palestine, killing 8 persons and injuring 41.
1950 Musician Peter Frampton was born.
1952 The first ever test of an atomic
bomb to be televised live was carried out at Yucca Flats,
1954 The U.S. Senate McCarthy Army
1957 The Oklahoma Semi-Centennial Celebration opened.
1958 The first Parliament of the Federation of the West Indies was opened in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, by Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom.
1959 Christian A. Herter was sworn in as U.S.
Secretary of State.
Charles De Gaulle and his wife arrived
in Washington, D.C., for four days of meetings.
1962 The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup.
1964 The New York World's Fair opened to the general public.
1969 Bernadette Devlin became the
youngest person to take a seat in the British House of
1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated.
1971 Haitian dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier died.
1978 Actor Will Geer died.
1979 A locomotive rammed a stopped passenger train near Karachi, Pakistan, killing 44 persons.
1984 Photographer Ansel Adams died.
1989 Activist Huey Newton died.
1991 An earthquake killed 95 persons in Costa Rica and Panama.
1992 A sewer gas explosion killed 200
persons in Guadalajara, Mexico.
1993 The Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1994 Approximately 7,000 Tutsi's were
massacred by Hutu's in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda.
1995 George Foreman defeated Axel Schulz in 12 rounds to win the heavyweight boxing title.
1996 Columnist Erma Bombeck died.
1977 The first "space burial" of the cremains of 22 individuals, including Gene Roddenberry and Timothy Leary, was launched.
1998 Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World.
2000 Federal agents seized six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
2002 Pornstar Linda Lovelace died.
2004 Two fuel trains collided in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
2006 Nepali security forces opened
fire on a demonstration against King Gyanendra, injuring
2010 The oil rig Deepwater Horizon sank in the Gulf of Mexico.
2016 The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed in New York.
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