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James Edward Oglethorpe1696 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.

Rachel Jackson1828 Rachel Jackson, wife of president-elect Andrew Jackson, died.

1856 American politician Frank B. Kellogg was born.

1858 Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born.

Connie Mack1862 Connie Mack, professional baseball player/manager/team owner, was born.

1869 Poet Edwin Arlington Robinson was born.

1880 Author George Eliot died.

1894 The United States Golf Association was formed.

1899 Evangelist Dwight L. Moody died.

1912 Claudia Alta (Taylor) Johnson, wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, was born.

1915 Actress Barbara Billingsley was born.

1917 Game show host Gene Rayburn was born.

1937 Lincoln Tunnel, in New York City, opened to traffic.

1942 Anthropologist Franz Boas died.

1943 Artist/author Beatrix Potter died.

1944 Baseball player Steve Carlton was born.

1945 The Beech Model 35, aka V-Tail Bonanza, was flown for the first time, by V.L. Carstens.
Television Diane Sawyer was born.

1948 Baseball player Steve Garvey was born.

1949 Musicians Maurice and Robin Gibb were born.

1964 The SR-71 "Blackbird" was flown for the first time.

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.
1989 Romanian dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted in a coup.
1989 Playwright Samuel Beckett died.

Lech Wales1990 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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