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1542 Mary, Queen of Scots, was born.

Eli Whitney1765 Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was born.

1776 George Washington's army retreated from New Jersey across the Delaware River.

Ludwig von Beethoven1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A premiered.

James Hoban1831 James Hoban, architect of the White House, died.

1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed Immaculate Conception, making Mary free of Original Sin.
1854 Inventor George Cayley died.

1861 General Motors founder William C. Durant was born.
Georges Melies1861 Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès was born.

President Abraham Lincoln1863 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.

John McRae1918 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 Grgg Allman was born.

1953 Actress Kim Basinger was born.

1957 Guitarist Phil Collen was born.

1958 Baseball player Tris Speaker died.

1964 Actress Teri Hatcher was born.

1966 Singer Sinead O'Connor was born.

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.

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