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1512 The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.
1571 Astronomer Johannes Kepler was born.
1657 The Flushing Remonstrance was signed.
1717 Pope Pius VI was born.
1771 U. S. Supreme Court Justice William Johnson was born.
1773 Inventor George Cayley was born.
1822 Louis Pasteur, chemist and biologist, was born.
1834 Author Charles Lamb died.
1836 Stephen Austin, colonizer of Texas, died.
1850 The Hawaiian Fire Department was established.
1862 The Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs
(Mississippi) was fought.
1871 The world's first cat show was held at the Crystal Palace in London, England.
1879 Actor Sydney Greenstreet was born.
1892 The foundation stone of the Cathedral of St. John was laid in New York City, New York.
1900 Carry Nation began using her trademark hatchet to smash bars, in Wichita, Kansas.
1901 Actress Marlene Dietrich was born.
1903 The barbershop quartet standard "Sweet Adeline" was sung for the first time.
1904 The play Peter Pan premiered at the Duke of York Theatre in London, England.
1915 U. S. Iron and Steel workers
went on strike in Ohio.
1917 Tom Bradley, long-time Mayor of Los Angeles, was born.
1923 Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer and builder of the Eiffel Tower, died.
1924 Albania was declared a dictatorship under Ahmed Beg Zofu.
1925 Israeli politican Moshe Arens was born.
1926 Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio was born.
1927 The musical Show Boat premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, to become the first musical play on Broadway..
1932 Radio City Music Hall opened its doors to the public.
1934 Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
changed the name of his country from Persia to Iran.
1939 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake
killed between 20,000 and 40,000 persons in Erzincam,
1942 The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia was founded.
1943 Television journalist Cokie Roberts was born.
1944 The Allies halted the German
1945 The International Monetary Fund was established.
1947 The "Howdy Doody Show" debuted on NBC-TV, as "Puppet Playhouse."
1948 Businessman Edsel B. Ford II was born.
1949 The Netherlands recognized the independence of Indonesia.
1951 Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo was born.
1952 Musician David Knopfler was born.
1960 The Australian tennis team retained the Davis Cup when Neale Fraser and Roy Emerson defeated Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola of Italy.
1962 College basketball coach Bill Self was born.
1965 A drilling rig off the Yorkshire Coast of England sank with 32 men aboard; at least 13 of the men drowned.
1970 Hello, Dolly! closed at St. James Theater in New York City, New York, after 2,844 performances.
1971 Arizona State beat Florida State 45-38 in the first Fiesta Bowl.
1972 Lester Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada, died.
1975 Actress Heather O'Rourke was born.
1978 King Juan Carlos ratified
Spain's first democratic constitution.
President Hafizullah Amin was ousted and killed by
a Soviet-supported coup.
1981 Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael died.
1982 Astronaut Jack Swigert died.
1983 Pope John Paul II pardoned the man who shot him.
1985 Terrorists killed 20 persons and wounded another 110 in attacks on airports in Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria.
1991 The last episode of the "Carol Burnett Show" aired on CBS-TV.
1997 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright was assassinated in Northern Ireland.
2001 The People's Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
2002 Two truck bombs killed 72
persons and wounded another 200 at the pro-Moscow
headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny,
2007 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber.
2013 Twenty-nine persons were killed when a bus plunged off the Huay Tong Bridge in Thailand.
2016 Actress Carrie Fisher died.
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