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117 Roman Emperor Trajan died.

1763 Architect Charles Bulfinch was born.

1786 The U.S. Congress adopted the silver dollar and a decimal system of money.

1839 Beta Theta Pi was founded in Oxford, Ohio.

1854 Smith & Wesson patented metal bullet cartridges.

1864 The Geneva Conference, which ultimately led to the founding of the Red Cross, began.

Matthew Henson1866 Matthew A. Henson, the first man to reach the North Pole, was born.

Thomas Edison1876 Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph.

1884 Poet Sara Teasdale was born.

W.K. Kellogg1894 Brothers Will Keith and John Harvey Kellogg invented flaked wheat cereal.

1896 Poet Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born.

Cyrus Hamlin1900 Cyrus Hamlin, missionary and educator in Turkey, died.

1901 Physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence was born.

1911 The millionth patent was filed in the United States Patent Office, by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1918 The Second Battle of Amiens began.

1919 Film and television producer Dino De Laurentiis was born.

1921 Actress Esther Williams was born.

1932 Singer Mel Tillis was born.

1937 Actor Dustin Hoffman was born.

1938 Singer Connie Stevens was born.

1947 Actor Larry Wilcox was born.

1949 Actor Keith Carradine was born.

1953 Actor Donny Most was born.

1958 Television journalist Deborah Norville was born.

1963 A masked gang robbed a Glasgow-to-London mail train of about $2.8 million.
1963 The
Kingsmen released "Louie Louie."*

1967 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand met to form the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

President Nixon announces his resignation1974 President Richard Nixon publicly announced that he would resign from office at noon the next day.

1981 Tennis player Roger Federer was born.

Louise Brooks1985 Silent film actress Louise Brooks died.

1991 James Irwin, the 8th man to walk on the Moon, died.

2004 Actress Fay Wray died.

2005 Actress Barbara Bel Geddes died.

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