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1542 King James V of Scotland died.

Tycho Brahe1546 Astronomer Tycho Brahe was born.

1575 The Polish Parliament selected Istvan Bathory as King of Poland.

Montgolfier Brothers1782 The Montgolfier Brothers launched the world's first hot-air balloon.
Charleston, South Carolina1782 Charleston, South Carolina, was evacuated by the British.

1788 King Charles III of Spain died.

George Washington1799 George Washington, first President of the United States, died.

1819 Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state.

1829 American politician John Mercer Langston was born.

1861 Prince Albert of Great Britain died.

Louis Agassiz1873 Naturalist Louis Agassiz died.

King George VI1895 King George VI of Great Britain was born.

1896 James Doolittle, American Air Force General, was born.

1897 U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was born.

1908 Actor Morey Amsterdam was born.

Roald Amundsen1911 An expedition led by explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole.

1920 Football player George Gipp died.

1932 Singer Charlie Rich was born.

1935 Actress Lee Remick was born.

1943 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg died.

1944 The U.S. Congress established the rank of General of the Army (5-star General).

1946 Actress Patty Duke was born.

1947 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.
1947 Stanley Baldwin, three-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died.

1948 Actress Dee Wallace-Stone was born.

1950 The United Nations General Assembly established the High Commission for Refugees.
1950 Olive Ann Beech was elected president of Beech Aircraft Corporation.

1953 Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings died.

1959 A new world altitude record of 103,395.5 feet was set by Captain Joe B. Jordan in an F-104C Starfighter plane at Edwards Air Force Base.

1960 The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) was formed.

1962 Mariner 2 made the first U.S. fly-by of another planet (Venus).

1964 Actor William Bendix died.

Surveyor Program1967 Surveyor 6 became the first man-made craft to lift off from the Moon.

1985 Baseball player Roger Maris died.

1986 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California, on the first ever non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.

1988 U.S. Senator Stuart Symington died.

Andrei Sakharov1989 Physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov died.

1993 Actress Myrna Loy died.

1994 Construction began on the Three Gorges Dam, China.
Orval Faubus1994 Orval Faubus, former Governor of Arkansas, died.

1998 Actor Norman Fell died.

2003 U.S. President George W. Bush announced the capture of former Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein.

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