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1327 Edward III was crowned King of England.
1328 King Charles IV of France died.
1552 English jurist Sir Edward Coke was born.
1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signed a death warrant for Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland.
1662 The Dutch garrison on Formosa surrendered to Chinese pirates.
1691 Pope Alexander VIII died.
1720 Sweden and Prussia signed a peace treaty.
1733 King Augustus II of Poland died.
1742 Sardinia and Austria signed an alliance.
1788 The first U.S. steamboat patent was issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet.
1790 The U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time.
1793 France declared war
on Great Britain and the Netherlands.
1796 The capital of Upper Canada was moved from Newark to York.
1810 The first insurance company manaed by blacks, American Insurance Co. of Philadelphia, was established.
1814 Volcano Mayon on the Philippine island of Luzon erupted, killing about 1,200 people.
1840 The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was incorporated.
1851 Author Mary Shelley died.
1856 East Alabama Male College (now Auburn University) was chartered.
1859 Composer/conductor/cellist Victor Herbert was born.
1860 Morris Raphall became the first rabbi to open the U.S. House of Representatives.
1861 Texas seceded from the Union.
1862 Julia Ward Howe published "Battle Hymn of Republic."
1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia became the first black to make an official speech in the U.S. House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates).
1873 Oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury died.
1878 Hattie Wyatt Caraway, the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, was born.
1882 Louis S. St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1884 The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1887 Harvey Wilcox began selling lots in a real estate development named Hollywoodland.
1893 Thomas Edison completed the world's first movie studio, in West Orange, New Jersey.
1894 Film director John Ford was born.
1896 Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme premiered in Turin, Italy.
1898 The first auto insurance policy in the U.S. was issued by Travelers Insurance Co.
1901 Actor Clark Gable was born.
1902 Author James Langston Hughes was born.
1906 The first federal penitentiary building was completed at Leavenworth, Kansas.
1908 King Carlos I and Prince Luis Filipe of Portugal were assassinated in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
1914 Tanganyika Railway opened.
1920 The first
commercial armored car was introduced in St. Paul,
1921 Actor Peter Sallis was born.
1924 The Netherlands Press Museum opened in Amsterdam.
1929 The prototype Knoll KN-1 airplane was destroyed in a crash.
Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed was born.
1933 The German Parliament was dissolved.
1937 Singer Don Everly was born.
1938 Actor Sherman Hemsley was born.
1942 Actor Terry Jones was born.
The Republic of Hungary was proclaimed.
The Federation of Malaysia was formed from nine sultanates.
200-inch Hale Telescope was used for the first time.
1951 The X-ray
moving picture process was demonstrated for the first
Electric Theater" debuted on CBS-TV.
1954 Actor Bill Mumy was born.
Young became the first black pilot on a U.S. scheduled
The United Arab Republic was formed by the union of Egypt and Syria.
uprising of Europeans in Algiers, Algeria, collapsed and many of its
leaders were flown to France for trial.
1961 A Minuteman ICBM was successfully fired for the first time, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1963 Hastings Kamuzu Banda became the first Prime Minister of Nyasaland.
1964 The Boeing 727 made
its first commercial passenger flight, an Eastern Air
Lines flight from Miami, Florida, to Washington, D.C.
Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstrators were arrested in
1966 Actress Hedda
1968 Vince Lombardi
resigned as coach of the Green Bay Packers.
1971 Actor Michael C. Hall was born.
1972 The Yang de-Pertuan
Agong of Malaysia granted a royal charter to the city of
1974 The situation comedy "Good Times" debuted on CBS.
1976 The mini-series
"Rich Man, Poor Man" debuted on ABC.
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years in exile.
1980 The soap opera "Love of Life" ended after a run of 28 years.
1981 Douglas Aircraft founder David W. Douglas died.
1982 Senegal and Gambia
formed a loose confederation.
1988 Actress Heather O'Rourke died.
1991 An earthquake
killed about 1,200 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
1992 Barry Bonds signed baseball's highest single year contract -- $4.7 million.
2003 The Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas during re-entry, killing all seven crew members.
2004 A stampede during
the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia killed 251 persons
and injured 244.
2005 Nepalese King Gyanendra staged a coup d'état and became Chairman of the Council of Ministers.
2007 Composer Gian-Carlo Menotti died.
2009 The Pittsburg Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII.
2012 Don Cornelius, host of "Soul Train," died.
2013 The Nigerian Army
bombed a Boko Haram camp, killing 18 persons.
2014 Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia, killing 14 persons.
2015 The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.
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