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1552 English jurist Sir Edward Coke was born.
1790 The U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time.
1859 Composer/conductor/cellist Victor Herbert was born.
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.
1893 Thomas Edison completed the world's first movie studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
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.
1929 The prototype Knoll KN-1 airplane was destroyed in a crash.
1931 Russian President Boris Yeltsin was born.
1946 The Republic of Hungary was proclaimed.
1947 Edwin Herbert Land first demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera.
1948 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.
1957 P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a U.S. scheduled passenger airline.
The United Arab Republic was formed by the union of Egypt and Syria.
1963 Hastings Kamuzu Banda became the first Prime Minister of Nyasaland.
1964 The Beatles hit #1 for the first time with "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstrators were arrested in Selma, Alabama.
1966 Silent movie star Buster Keaton died.
1972 The first scientific hand-held calculator, the HP-35, was introduced (retail price $395).
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.
1982 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuted on NBC.
1992 Barry Bonds signed baseball's highest single year contract -- $4.7 million.
2003 The Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart during entry over Texas, killing all seven crew members.
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