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Mathematician-poet Omar Khayyam died.
1334 Pope John
1423 The Treaty of London provided for
the release of James I from English captivity.
The Council of Trent held its last session.
38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England
disembarked in Virginia and gave thanks to God.
churchman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu died.
Father Jacques Marquette built the
first dwelling in what is now Chicago.
General George Washington formally bid
"goodbye" to his Continental Army
1791 The first
issue of The Observer, the world's first
Sunday newspaper, was published.
Thomas Carlyle was born.
Anatomist Luigi Galvani died.
Gaillard patented a horse-drawn mower.
American Anti-Slavery Society was formed by
Arthur Tappan, in Philadelphia.
1836 The Whig
Party held its first national convention, in
Businessman George A. Hormel was born.
President Louis Napoleon crushed a coup d'etat.
1867 The Grange
was organized to protect farm interests.
1872 The ship Mary
Celeste was found adrift with no crewmen
General Francisco Franco was born.
1902 Charles Henry Dow, co-founder of
The Wall Street Journal, died.
1906 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,
the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity
in the United States established for men of
African descent, was founded at Cornell
1912 World War
II flying ace Pappy Boyington was born.
Woodrow Wilson sailed for the Versailles Peace
1918 The Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats & Slovenes was proclaimed.
Michael Bates was born.
Deanna Durbin was born.
1923 Cecil B.
DeMille's first version of The Ten
1933 The Federal
Alcohol Control Administration was created.
Victor French was born.
1934 Game show host Wink
Martindale was born.
1937 Actor Max
Baer, Jr. was born.
Murderer Gary Gilmore was born.
1945 The U.S.
Senate voted to allow the United States to
participate in the United Nations.
1949 Actor Jeff
Bridges was born.
Sam, a monkey, was launched from Wallops Island,
Baseball approved a free-agent draft.
1964 Actress Marisa Tomei was
four-place Cessna Model 327 Center-Line-Thrust
aircraft was test flown for the first time, by
Actor Bert Lahr died.
Panther leader Fred Hampton was killed in
Greg Noll rode a record 65-foot high wave off the
North Shore of Oahu.
1969 Rapper Jay-Z was born.
Model Tyra Banks was born.
Businessman Alfred Fuller died.
1976 Jean-Bédel Bokassa proclaimed himself Emperor of the
Central African Empire.
1976 Elizabeth Taylor married
Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first
Led Zeppelin formally announced its break-up.
"Falcon Crest" premiered on CBS-TV.
Pan American World Airways ceased operation.
1991 Journalist Terry
Anderson was released after 7 years in captivity
as a hostage in Beirut.
U.S. troops landed in Somalia.
Musician Frank Zappa died.
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