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1167 King John of England was born.
1524 Vasco da Gama, leader of the first sea voyage around the southern tip of Africa, died.
1798 Russia, Great Britain, Austria, the Kingdom of Naples, Portugal, and the Ottoman Empire joined in an alliance against Napoleon Bonaparte.
1809 Christopher "Kit" Carson, fur trapper, scout, soldier, and Indian fighter, was born.
1810 John Neely Bryan, founder of Dallas, Texas, was born.
1812 Author Joel Barlow died.
1814 Representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
1822 Critic Matthew Arnold was born.
1824 Pushmataha, Choctaw chief, died.
1845 King George I of Greece was born.
1851 The Library of Congress was devastated by a fire.
1869 Edwin McMasters Stanton, lawyer, Attorney General, and Secretary of War, died.
1873 Businessman/philanthropist Johns Hopkins died.
1889 Daniel Stover and William Hance patented a bicycle with back pedal brake.
1905 Billionaire Howard Hughes was born.
1914 Naturalist John Muir died.
1922 Actress Ava Gardner was born.
1957 Hamid Karzai,
President of Afghanistan, was born.
1971 Singer Ricky Martin was born.
1973 The District of Columbia Home Rule Act was passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
1984 Actor Peter Lawford died.
1991 Russia assumed the United Nations seat formally occupied by the Soviet Union.
1993 Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, died.
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