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Feast of St. Thomas
Italian storyteller and poet Giovanni Boccaccio died.
adopted the Gregorian calendar.
playwright Jean Baptiste Racine was born.
1788 Hue Tay Sun
became Emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam.
Moffat, missionary to South Africa, was born.
1804 Benjamin Disraeli, two-time
Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.
Entomologist Jean Henri Fabre.
1829 The first
stone arch bridge in the United States was
dedicated in Baltimore, Maryland.
social worker and Zionist movement leader
Henrietta Szold was born.
The HMS Challenger embarked
on the first-ever sea voyage undertaken for
dictator Joseph Stalin was born.
James Naismith invented the game of basketball.
Golfer Walter Hagen was born.
Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
The British Parliament passed The Trades Disputes
Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The
Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening
employers' liability for accidents.
The first junior high school was established in
The first known crossword puzzle was published in
the New York World.
The first ever six-reel comedy, Tillie's
Punctured Romance, was released.
1918 Kurt Waldheim, Austrian politician and diplomat, was
Ventriloquist Paul Winchell was born.
Nepal became an independent nation.
College football coach Joe Paterno was born.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made their first
movie together, Flying Down to Rio.
Fox Films signed 5-year-old Shirley Temple to a
Talk show host Phil Donahue was born.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater.
1937 Actress Jane Fonda was
1937 American politician and
diplomat Frank B. Kellogg died.
Musician Frank Zappa was born.
1940 Author F. Scott Fitzgerald
U.S. General George S. Patton died.
Carl Wilson was born.
1948 The Irish
Free State declared itself the independent State
and Delilah premiered in New York City.
Porter's musical Out of this World"
premiered at the New Century Theater in New York
Jeffrey Katzenberg was born.
Hattie Wyatt Caraway, the first woman to be elected to the
U.S. Senate, died.
Tennis player Chris Evert was born.
Actress Jane Kaczmarek was born.
Actor Ray Romano was born.
Residents of Deerfield, Illinois, block the
building of integrated housing.
1959 Actor Dave Coulier was
1959 Olympic sprinter Florence
Griffith Joyner was born.
Actor Andy Dick was born.
Actor Kiefer Sutherland was born.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash
performed together for the first time.
Vince Lombardi coached his last football game.
Actor Richard Long died.
Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, arrested John
Wayne Gacy for murder.
Pan Am flight 103 was destroyed in mid-air by a
bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 258
persons on board.
A Dutch DC-10 caught fire while landing at Faro,
Portugal; 56 people were killed.
A bomb exploded on the #4 train at Fulton Street
Station in New York City.
1994 Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary
of State, died.
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