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Feast of St. Ambrose
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43 B.C. Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated.
1542 Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was born.
1598 Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor and architect, was born.
1783 William Pitt, the Younger, became the youngest ever British Prime Minister.
1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1817 British naval officer William Bligh died.
1826 U.S. Senator Edmund G. Ross was born.
1842 The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1843 Henry Perky, the inventor of Shredded Wheat, was born.
1863 Opera composer Pietro Mascagni was born.
1870 David G. Burnet, first President of the Republic of Texas, died.
1876 Novelist Willa Sibert Cather was born.
1894 Architect Ferdinand de Lesseps died.
1902 Illustrator/cartoonist Thomas Nast died.
1909 Leo Baekland received a patent for thermosetting plastic (Bakelite).
1917 The United States declared war on Austria.
1923 Actor Ted Knight was born.
1926 Businessman Victor Kiam was born.
1932 Actress Ellen Burstyn was born.
1934 Aviator Wiley Post discovered the jet stream.
1941 Japanese planes attacked Pearl harbor.
1942 Singer Harry Chapin was born.
1945 Carl Winstead piloted the first flight of a Cessna 190.
1947 Baseball player Johnny Bench was born.
1956 Basketball player Larry Bird was born.
1958 The transatlantic
passenger liner Leonardo da Vinci was launched
at Genoa, Italy.
1967 Otis Redding recorded "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."
The first popular elections in Pakistan were held.
1971 Wings released their first album, Wild Life.
1972 Apollo 17, the last manned lunar mission, was launched.
1975 Novelist Thornton Wilder died.
1979 Charles J. Haughey was elected Prime Minister of Ireland.
1982 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. became the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
1981 Potter Stewart, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died.
2006 American diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick died.
2011 Actor Harry Morgan died.
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