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1040 Macbeth became King of Scotland after killing King Duncan I at Bothgowanan.
1729 British General William Howe was born.
1753 Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General of the United States, was born.
1759 King Ferdinand VI of Spain died.
1790 The Columbia completed the first voyage around the world by a ship flying the U.S. flag.
1793 The Louvre palace officially opened in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts.
1821 Missouri became the 24th state.
1846 The Smithsonian Institution was founded.
1861 The Battle of Wilson's Creek (Missouri) was fought.
1869 O.B. Brown patented the moving picture projector.
1874 Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st President of the United States, was born.
1889 Dan Rylands patented the screw cap.
1896 Otto Lilienthal, pioneer in gliding flight, died of injuries sustained in a crash the previous day.
1898 Actor Jack Haley was born.
1907 Criminal Alvin Karpis was born.
peace treaty ending the Balkan Wars was signed in Bucharest.
1927 Gutzon Borglum started sculpting Mount Rushmore.
Singer Jimmy Dean was born.
1934 The Cessna C-34 Airmaster was test flown by George Hart.
1940 Singer Bobby Hatfield was born.
1943 Singer Ronnie Spector was born.
1945 Rocket scientist Robert Goddard died.
1947 Singer Ian Anderson was born.
1948 "Candid Camera" debuted on ABC-TV.
1949 The National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense.
1959 Actress Rosanna Arquette was born.
1960 Actor Antonio Banderas was born.
1963 U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver died.
1972 Actress Angie Harmon was born.
1977 David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York, and accused of being "Son of Sam."
1980 Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan, died.
2008 Musician Isaac Hayes died.
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