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1542 Mary, Queen of Scots, was born.
1765 Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was born.
1776 George Washington's army retreated from New Jersey across the Delaware River.
1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A premiered.
1831 James Hoban, architect of the White House, died.
Pius IX proclaimed Immaculate Conception, making Mary
free of Original Sin.
General Motors founder William C. Durant was born.
1863 President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for Reconstruction of the South.
1865 Composer Jan Sibelius was born.
1874 The Jesse James gang took a train at Muncie, Kansas.
1886 The American Federation of Labor was organized.
1894 Author James Thurber was born.
1915 The poem "In Flanders Fields," by John McCrae, was first published.
1925 Entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. was born.
1927 Stearman delivered its first Wichita-built airplane to Varney Airlines.
1930 Actor Maximilian Schnell was born.
1933 Comedian Flip Wilson was born.
1936 Actor David Carradine was born.
1939 Flute virtuoso James Galway was born.
1941 The United States and Great Britain declared war on Japan.
1943 Singer Jim Morrison was born.
1947 Musician Gregg Allman was born.
1953 Actress Kim Basinger was born.
1957 Guitarist Phil Collen was born.
1958 Baseball player Tris Speaker died.
Pan Am Flight 214 crashed outside Elkton, Maryland,
killing 81 persons.
1964 Actress Teri Hatcher was born.
United States and the Soviet Union signed a treaty
prohibiting nuclear weapons in outer space.
1967 The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour.
1969 Olympic Airways DC-6B crashed into Mount Pan, near Athens, Greece, during a storm, killing all 90 persons aboard.
1975 Auto racer Kevin Harvick was born.
1978 Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died.
1980 Former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building.
1982 Singer Marty Robbins died.
1983 Singer-actor Slim Pickens died.
1984 Singer Nicki Minaj was born.
1996 Actor Howard E. Rollins, Jr. died.
2016 John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died.
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