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1696 James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, was born.
1775 The Continental Navy was organized.
1789 American politician Levi Woodbury was born.
1807 The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act, prohibiting American ships from trading in all foreign ports.
1828 Rachel Jackson, wife of president-elect Andrew Jackson, died.
1856 American politician Frank B. Kellogg was born.
1858 Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born.
1862 Connie Mack, professional baseball player/manager/team owner, was born.
1869 Poet Edwin Arlington Robinson was born.
1880 Author George Eliot died.
1885 Ito Hirobumi became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1886 The first national accountants' society in the United States was formed in New York City, New York.
1894 The United States Golf Association was formed.
1899 Evangelist Dwight L. Moody died.
1910 The first U.S. Postal Savings Stamps were issued.
1912 Claudia Alta (Taylor) Johnson, wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, was born.
1915 Actress Barbara Billingsley was born.
1917 Flanders declared
1932 The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff, was released in the United States.
1937 Lincoln Tunnel, in New York City, New York, opened to traffic.
1939 A train wreck at
Magdeburg, Germany, killed 125 persons.
1942 Anthropologist Franz Boas died.
1943 Artist/author Beatrix Potter died.
1944 Baseball player Steve Carlton was born.
1945 Television news reporter Diane Sawyer was born.
1948 Baseball player Steve Garvey was born.
1949 Musicians Maurice and Robin Gibb were born.
1956 The last British and French troops left Egypt.
Brazilian turbo-prop airliner collided with a small
military plane and crashed into several homes in a suburb
of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing at least 39 persons.
1964 The SR-71 "Blackbird" was flown for the first time.
Christophe Soglo took control of the government of
1967 The film The Graduate was released.
1970 American politician Ted Cruz was born.
1979 Film and television producer Darryl F. Zanuck died.
1983 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met with PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
1984 Bernhard Goetz shot four black men he said were trying to mug him on a New York City subway train.
1989 The Brandenburg
Gate in Berlin, Germany, was officially reopened.
1990 Lech Walesa was sworn in as the first popularly elected President of Poland.
2001 Richard Reid attempted to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
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