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1431 King Henry VI of England was crowned King of France.

1653 Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1689 The English Parliament passed a Bill of Rights.

Ludwig von Beethoven1770 Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born.

1773 Boston patriots staged the Boston Tea Party.

Jane Austen1775 Author Jane Austen was born.

King Leopold1790 King Leopold of Belgium was born.

Anthony Wayne1796 Anthony Wayne, American Revolutionary War general, died.

1811 An earthquake struck New Madrid, Missouri.

Jakob Ludwig Grimm1859 Wilhelm Karl Grimm, collector and publisher of fairy tales, died.

1880 The Transvaal region declared itself the Republic of South Africa.

King Alexander1888 King Alexander of Yugoslavia was born.

1897 The first submarine with an internal combustion engine was demonstrated.

1899 Actor-playwright Noel Coward was born.

1901 Anthropologist Margaret Mead was born.

1903 The Majestic Theater in New York City became the first in the United States to employ women ushers.

1905 The first issue of Variety was published.

1908 The first credit union in the United States was formed in Manchester, New Hampshire.

1915 Albert Einstein published his "General Theory of Relativity."

1925 Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity was founded at Lafayette College.

1938 Actress Liv Ullman was born.

1940 Judge Anthony J. Scirica was born.
Eugene DuBois1940 Anatomist/anthropologist Eugene DuBois died.

1943 Film and television producer Steven Bochco was born.

1944 The Germans began the Battle of the Bulge.

1945 Actress Patti Deutsch was born.

1946 Actor Robert Uhrich was born.

1949 ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was born.
1949
Roger Touhy, Chicago gangster, died.

Dorothy Dix1951 Advice columnist Dorothy Dix (pseudonym of Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer) died.

Dwight Eisenhower's Administration1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first ever White House press conference.

1962 Football player William "The Refrigerator" Perry was born.

1963 Actor Benjamin Bratt was born.

1965 Novelist W. Somerset Maugham died.

Bangladesh1971 Bangladesh became independent of West Pakistan.

1980 Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, died.

1989 Actor Lee Van Cleef died.

2007 Musician Dan Fogelberg died.

2009 Businessman Roy E. Disney died.

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