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1368 King Charles VI of France was born.

Gilbert Stuart1755 Painter Gilbert Stuart was born.

1776 The first official U.S. flag (Grand Union Flag) was raised, aboard the USS Alfred.

1793 Abotionist Lucretia Coffin Mott was born.

Rowland Hill1795 Rowland Hill, developer of the world's first postage stamps, was born.

1818 Illinois became the 21st state.

George B. McClellan1826 George B. McClellan, American Civil War general, was born.

1833 Oberlin College opened.

Frederick Douglass1847 Frederick Douglass published the first issue of his newspaper North Star.

1857 Novelist Joseph Conrad was born.

Newton Baker1871 Politician Newton D. Baker was born.

1881 Henry Morton Stanley founded Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), Congo.

Robert Louis Stevenson1894 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson died.

1905 John Bartlett, compiler of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, died.

1910 Neon lights were publicly displayed for the first time, at the Paris Auto Show.
1910 Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, died.

1919 Painter Auguste Renoir died.

1925 South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung was born.
1925 Singer Ferlin Husky was born.

1927 Singer Andy Williams was born.

1931 Alka Seltzer was introduced to the public.

1937 Auto racer Bobby Allison was born.

1948 Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne was born.

1950 Paul Harvey began his national radio program.

1951 Auto racer Rick Mears was born.

1960 Actress Daryl Hannah was born.

1967 The first human heart transplant was performed by South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard.

Pioneer 101973 Pioneer 10 made its closest encounter with Jupiter.

1995 Author Robertson Davies died.

Babrak Karmal1996 Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan, died.

1999 Actress Madeline Kahn died.

Gwendolyn Brooks2000 Poet Gwendolyn Brooks died.

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