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King Henry V of England was born.
Author Izaak Walton was born.
Poet and dramatist John Dryden was born.
Jonas Bronck of Holland became the first
European settler in wat is now The Bronx.
1803 Robert Fulton tested his steam
paddle-boat on the River Seine, France.
Zebulon Pike embarked on a journey to find the
source of the Mississippi River.
1819 William T.G. Morton, one of the first men to use ether as
an anesthetic, was born.
Louis-Philippe formally accepted
the crown of France.
1831 The first
steam engine train in the United States began
running between Albany and Schenectady, New York.
1842 The United
States-Canada border was defined by the
The Free Soil Party was organized in
Buffalo, New York.
1854 Henry David
Thoreau published Walden.
1892 James William Denver, American politician and Civil War
Aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal was mortally injured when the glider he
was piloting crashed; he died the following day
1898 Rudolf Diesel patented the diesel internal
Libanus McLouth Todd patented a
1910 Alva Fisher
patented an electric washing machine.
1930 Betty Boop
debuted in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon
1942 Mohandas Gandhi and 50 others
were arrested in Bombay, India, after the passing
of a "quit India" campaign by the
The first Smokey Bear
poster was released.
1944 Actor Sam Elliott was born.
The United States dropped the world's second atomic bomb to be used in warfare on Nagasaki,
1945 Boxer Ken Norton was born.
Actress Melanie Griffith was born.
Singer Whitney Houston was born.
Singapore gained independence from Malaysia.
Football player Deion Sanders was born.
Actress Gillian Anderson was born.
1974 U.S. President Richard
Nixon resigned from
office; he was succeeded by Vice-President Gerald
Aviator Jackie Cochran died.
Jerry Garcia, founding member of the Grateful
Dancer Gregory Hines died.
Astronomer James Van Allen died.
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