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1672 Giovanni Cassini discovered
Rhea, one of the moons of Saturn.
Inventor Richard Arkwright was born.
Continental Congress negotiated a war loan of
$181,500 from France.
1776 Thomas Paine wrote
"These are the times that try men's
1777 Tsar Alexander I of Russia was born.
Benedict Arnold was court-martialed for improper
George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the
Thomas MacDonough, U.S. naval hero of the War of 1812,
Maryland voted to cede a 10-square-mile
area for the District of Columbia.
General Sir Henry Clinton died.
Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, was born.
"Visit from St. Nicholas," by C
Moore, was published in the Troy (NY) Sentinel.
Joseph Hansom received a patent for his cab.
Businessman James Buchanan Duke was born.
The principalities of Moldavia and Walachia were
united into a single nation called Romania.
1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
George Catlin died.
Vincent Van Gogh cut off his left ear.
1893 The opera
"Hansel und Gretel" was produced.
1907 The first
all-steel passengar railroad coach was completed,
1912 The first
"Keystone Kops" film, Hoffmeyer's
Legacy, was released.
1912 The Aswan Dam began
1913 The Federal Reserve
System was created by
an act of Congress.
German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was born.
The first hospital ship was launched.
1919 Alice H Parker
patented the gas heating furnace.
Government of Ireland Act, partitioning Ireland,
1922 BBC Radio
began daily broadcasts.
1928 NBC set up
a permanent coast-to-coast radio network.
Akihito of Japan was born.
Airplane builder Anthony Fokker died.
American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the
Voice actor Harry Shearer was born.
U.S. Army General Wesley Clark was born.
1944 Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson died.
Susan Lucci was born.
The transistor was invented by Bardeen,
Brattain and Shockley in Bell Labs.
Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan during World War
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland
Browns 24-17 in the NFL championship game, the
first ever NFL game to be broadcast
1954 The first
human kidney transplant was performed by Dr.
Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
in Boston, Massachusetts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and
President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the nation on
television and radio.
Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, was born.
1968 82 members
of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo
were released by North Korea.
Fitness guru Charles Atlas died.
"The Young and the Restless" premiered
Actor Jack Webb died.
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme,
serving a life sentence for the attempted
assassination of President Gerald R Ford, escaped
from Alderson Prison.
voted to secede from Yugoslavia.
Nichols was found guilty of manslaughter in the
bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
2000 Actor Billy
Comedic pianist Victor Borge died.
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