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1170 Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated.
1689 Physician Thomas Sydenham died.
1778 British troops occupied Savannah, Georgia.
1800 Charles Goodyear, inventor of the process for vulcanizing rubber, was born.
1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, was born.
1809 William Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.
1812 The USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") defeated the British ship Java.
British burned Buffalo, New York.
1833 U.S. Senator John James Ingalls was born.
1835 The Treaty of New Echota was signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
1845 Texas was admitted as the 28th state.
1848 Gas lights were installed in the White House.
1851 The first American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.
1852 Emma Snodgrass was arrested in Boston for wearing pants.
1860 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior, was launched.
1876 Cellist Pablo Casals was born.
1879 Aviator Billy Mitchell was born.
1890 Approximately 300 Sioux warriors, women, and children were killed by army soldiers at Wounded Knee Creek.
1891 Thomas Edison patented the "transmission of signals electrically" (radio).
1903 French Equatorial Africa was separated into Gabon, Chad, and Ubangi-Shari.
1911 Sun Yat-sen became
the first President of the Republic of China.
1932 Actress Inga Swenson was born.
1936 Actress Mary Tyler Moore was born.
1938 Construction of the
Lake Washington Floating Bridge (Seattle, Washington)
1940 Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.
1947 Actor Ted Danson was born.
1949 The first UHF television station began operating on a regular basis, at Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1951 Singer Yvonne Elliman was born.
1952 The first transistorized hearing aid was offered for sale, in Elmsford New York.
1966 R.S. Hagan piloted the frst flight of a Beech Model 60 Duke.
1971 U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan died.
1972 The last issue of Life
magazine was published.
1986 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died.
1995 The Interstate Commerce Commission was formally dissolved.
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