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King William II of England was killed by
an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting
in the New Forest.
1552 Holy Roman
Emperor Charles V accepted the Lutheran religion.
Quare received a British patent for his portable
1754 Pierre Charles
architect of Washington, D.C., was born.
The Declaration of Independence was formally
The first U.S. census began.
Painter Thomas Gainsborough died.
Samuel Briggs and his son patented a
The British Navy, under Admiral Horatio Nelson, beat the French
Navy at the Battle of Nile.
co-inventor of the first aircraft to carry humans
into the sky, died.
1802 Napoleon Bonaparte was declared "Consul for
1819 The first
parachute jump in the United States was made.
Physicist John Tyndall was born.
French military strategist and
politician L.M.N. Carnot died.
Charles X of France abdicated in favor of
his grandson the Duc de Bordeaux.
Illinois militia defeated the Sauk & Fox in
the Battle of Bad Axe (Wisconsin).
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was born.
1858 The first
official mailboxes were installed in Boston and
New York City.
1858 The government of India was
transferred from the East India Company to the
Education reformer Horace Mann died.
Carroll published "Alice's Adventures in
Constantine of Greece was born.
Subway, the world's first underground tube
railway, opened in London.
1875 The world's
first roller skating rink opened in London,
1880 The British
Parliament officially adopted Greenwich Mean
Hodge patented barbed wire.
1892 Charles A.
Wheeler patented a prototype of the escalator.
1894 The Dutch
Society for Women Suffrage got a royal charter.
Myrna Loy was born.
The first U.S. Lincoln Penny was issued.
1909 The U.S. War Department
purchased its first military plane from the
Wright Brothers, thus founding the Army Air
American philosopher William James died.
Garvey presented his "Back To Africa"
program in New York City.
1921 A Chicago
jury returned a not guilty verdict against the
1921 Operatic tenor Enrico
1922 Inventor Alexander Graham Bell died.
Warren G. Harding, 29th
President of the United States, died.
1924 Joe Hauser
set a record of 14 total bases in a game.
1924 Novelist James Baldwin was
1924 Actor Carroll O'Connor was
1932 Carl David
Anderson discovered and photographed a positron
(positive electron), the first known
1932 Lamar Hunt, founder of the
American Football League, was born.
1932 Actor Peter O'Toole was
Hitler became commander-in-chief of the German
1934 German President Paul von
Louis Blériot, the first man to fly an airplane
across the English Channel, died.
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed,
essentially rendering marijuana and all its
by-products illegal in the United States.
director Wes Craven was born.
A PT boat commanded by John Fitzgerald Kennedy was cut in half by a Japanese warship.
Judge Lance Ito was born.
Actor Butch Patrick was born.
Comedian Victoria Jackson was born.
The Beatles played their first gig as
house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club.
Gherman Titov became the second
human to orbit the Earth.
chairman Brian France was born.
Vietnam fired on a U.S. destroyer in the Gulf of
director Fritz Lang died.
1994 The U.S.
Congress began hearings concerning the White
1997 Author William Seward
Puppeteer Shari Lewis died.
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