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Innocent IX died.
Robert Boyle died.
Botanist David Douglas was born.
The United States took formal possession of the Louisiana Territory.
1819 John White Geary, American Civil War general, was born.
The United States and Mexico signed the Gadsden Purchase agreement.
Poet and storyteller Rudyard Kipling
Painter Henri Matisse was born.
The American Meteorological Society was formed in
New York City.
Politician Alfred E. Smith was born.
Filipino nationalist and reformist Josť Rizal was executed.
Actress Jeannette Nolan was born.
Bert Parks, long-time host of the Miss America
Pageant, was born.
1914 Actress Jo Van Fleet was
Actor Jack Lord was born.
Rashid Karami, eight-time Prime Minister of Lebanon,
Edwin Hubble announced the existence of
other galactic systems.
Bo Diddley was born.
1929 Sigma Gamma
Rho Sorority was incorporated.
singer Skeeter Davis was born.
Del Shannon was born.
Baseball player Sandy Koufax was born.
The United Auto Workers staged the first
ever sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant.
1938 V. K.
Zworykin patented an electronic television
musician Mike Nesmith was born.
1944 King George
II of Greece abdicated his throne.
1945 Rock singer
Davy Jones was born.
Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate his
Laos, and Cambodia became independent states in
the French Union.
1953 Game show
host Meredith Vieira was born.
singer Suzy Bogguss was born.
1957 Talk show
host Matt Lauer was born.
1959 The first
ballistic missile submarine, George
Washington, was commissioned.
1959 Comedian Tracey Ullman was
commentator Sean Hannity was born.
1961 Sprinter Ben Johnson was
Make a Deal" premiered on NBC-TV.
madam Heidi Fleiss was born.
1966 Christian Herter, former U.S.
Secretary of State, died.
1970 Boxer Sonny
Tiger Woods was born.
1977 Boxer Laila
Ali was born.
Richard Rodgers died.
player LeBron James was born.
1993 The Vatican
formally recognized the nation of Israel.
1996 Actor Lew
2004 Big band
leader Artie Shaw died.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein died.
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