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Queen Isabella1474 Isabella became Queen of Castile and Leon.

1545 The Council of Trent opened.

1553 King Henri IV of Framce was born.

Francis Drake1577 Francis Drake left England on a voyage that ultimately encircled the globe.

Abel Tasman1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand.

1769 Dartmouth College was chartered.

Philip Parker King1791 Naval surveyor Philip Parker King was born.

1797 Poet Heinrich Heine was born.

1816 John Adamson received a patent for his dry dock.

Mary Todd Lincoln1818 Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, was born.

1843 A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was published.

1861 The Battle of Allegheny Summit was fought.

1862 The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought.

1903 Italo Marcioni patented the ice cream cone.

Larry Parks1914 Actor Larry Parks was born.

Samuel Gompers1924 Samuel Gompers, long-time president of the American Federation of Labor, died.

1925 Actor Dick Van Dyke was born.

1929 Actor Christopher Plummer was born.

1948 Rock singer Ted Nugent was born.

Egas Moniz 1874 Neurologist Egas Moniz died.

1957 Singer Morris Day was born.

1961 Painter Grandma Moses died.

1963 Capital records signed a right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles.

1966 U.S. bombing of Hanoi began.

1967 Comedian Jamie Foxx was born.

1973 The World Football League granted its first franchise to Detroit.

1975 "Saturday Night Live" used a time delay for the first time, just in case host Richard Pryor couldn't restrain his normally obscene routine.

Ellis Gibbs Arnall1982 Ellis Arnall, former Governor of Georgia, died.

1989 Singer Taylor Swift was born.

2006 Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League, died.

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