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1542 King James
V of Scotland died.
Astronomer Tycho Brahe was born.
1575 The Polish
Parliament selected Istvan Bathory as King of
The Montgolfier Brothers launched
the world's first hot-air balloon.
Charleston, South Carolina, was
evacuated by the British.
Charles III of Spain died.
1799 George Washington, first
President of the United States, died.
1819 Alabama was admitted as the 22nd
politician John Mercer Langston was born.
Albert of Great Britain died.
Naturalist Louis Agassiz died.
1895 King George VI of Great Britain was born.
James Doolittle, American Air Force General, was
U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was born.
Actor Morey Amsterdam was born.
1911 An expedition led
by explorer Roald Amundsen
reached the South Pole.
Football player George Gipp died.
Singer Charlie Rich was born.
Actress Lee Remick was born.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg died.
The U.S. Congress established the rank of
General of the Army (5-star General).
Patty Duke was born.
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.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings died.
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.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation
& Development (OECD) was formed.
1962 Mariner 2
made the first U.S. fly-by of another planet
William Bendix died.
Surveyor 6 became the first man-made craft to lift
off from the Moon.
Baseball player Roger Maris died.
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.
Senator Stuart Symington died.
Physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov died.
Myrna Loy died.
Construction began on the Three Gorges Dam,
1994 Orval Faubus, former Governor of
Norman Fell died.
President George W. Bush announced the capture of
former Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein.
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