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Welsey, clergyman and author of hymns, was born.
1709 Empress Elizabeth of Russia was
maker Antonio Stradivari died.
1787 New Jersey became the third
state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Baltimore Monitor became the first U.S.
newspaper to be published on Sunday.
Naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck died.
William Bond obtained the first photograph of the
Moon through a telescope.
South Carolina declared itself an
Composer Edward MacDowell was born.
Ferdinand of Austria was born.
1865 The 13th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending
slavery, was proclaimed.
1865 The first U.S. cattle
importation law was passed.
leader Josef Stalin was born.
player Ty Cobb was born.
1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's
ballet "The Nutcracker" publicly
premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
anatomist Richard Owen died.
musician Fletcher Henderson was born.
automobile speed record of 39 mph was set.
Christopher Fry was born.
Abe Burrows was born.
Chancellor Willy Brandt was born.
Betty Grable was born.
1917 Actor Ossie
Davis was born.
U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark was born.
1936 The first
giant panda to come to the United States from
China arrived in San Francisco; her name was
Hitler signed a secret directive ordering
preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet
Keith Richards was born.
1944 The U.S.
Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of
1946 Motion picture
director and producer Steven Spielberg was born.
Drummer Randy Castillo was born.
Actor Ray Liotta was born.
The Beech Model 73A Jet Mentor, the first Beech
jet, was test flown by T.G. Gillespie.
Comedian Ron White was born.
1957 The United
States successfully test-fired a Jupiter
intermediate ballistic missile.
Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant
went into operation as the first
full-scale nuclear plant in the United States
solely for commercial use.
1957 A tornado that
ripped across southern Illinois, Missouri, and
Indiana killed at least 26 persons.
1958 A truck fell into a 150-foot-deep chasm
in southern Turkey, killing 28 persons.
1958 The United States launched
an 8,800-pound Atlas earth satellite.
Actor Brad Pitt was born.
Wrestler Steve Austin was born.
The United States began heavy bombing of North
Television personality Kari Byron was born.
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale
hit the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 25
persons and injuring 200.
Singer Christina Aguilera was born.
1980 Alexei N. Kosygin, Premier of the
Soviet Union, died.
Film and television producer Mark Goodson died.
Comedian Chris Farley was found dead.
Author Charles Berlitz died.
Cartoonist Joseph Barbera died.
Actress Majel Barrett died.
2008 W. Mark Felt, Associate
Director of the FBI and Watergate informant known as "Deep
Playwright Vaclav Havel died.
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