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the Magnificent accepted the surrender of the
surviving Knights of Rhodes.
1590 Ambroise Paré, the founder of
scientific surgery, died.
of the Virginia Company set sail from England.
1699 Peter the
Great ordered the Russian New Year changed from
September 1st to January 1st.
1790 The first
successful U.S. cotton mill to spin yarn began
operation in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
France formally transferred the Louisiana Territory to the
Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm was
Carolina became the first state to secede from
Industrialist Harvey Firestone was born.
Thomas Edison privately
demonstrated his incandescent light bulb at Menlo
1880 New York
City's Broadway was lit by electricity.
Robert Gordon Menzies, two-time
Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
David Bohm was born.
1920 Bob Hope became an American
republics formed the Union of Soviet Socialist
1932 Actor John
Hillerman was born.
1941 The first
battle of the American Volunteer Group, better
known as the "Flying Tigers," was
fought in Kunming, China.
1944 The Women's Airforce Service Pilots
(WASP) were disbanded.
Peter Kriss was born.
bender" Uri Geller was born.
Alan Parsons was born.
Alabama, removed race-based seat assignments on
The Boeing 707 flew for the first
John Steinbeck died.
Roy Disney died.
Bobby Darin died.
1976 Richard J.
Daley, long-time Mayor of Chicago, died.
Artur Rubinstein died.
1989 U.S. troops
1995 NATO began
peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
Carl Sagan died.
singer Hank Snow died.
Foster Brooks died.
Brittany Murphy died.
2010 Actor Steve
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