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1576 Henry of
Navarre (future Henry IV) escaped from Paris
during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
1690 The first
paper money in America was issued by the Colony
Philadelphia established a "pesthouse"
to quarantine immigrants.
American politician Samuel Osgood was born.
recognized the independence of the United States.
U.S. General Samuel Ryan Curtis was born.
General Joseph E. Johnston was born.
Territory of Illinois was organized.
Composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was
1811 Newspaper publisher
Horace Greeley was born.
José de San Martín fought in
his first battle for Argentinian independence.
The world's first commercial cheese factory was
established, in Switzerland.
1821 Physician Elizabeth Blackwell was born.
The sovereignty of Greece was guaranteed by the
1834 Wake Forest University was established.
The Whig Party held its first national
convention, in Albany, New York.
Poet Sidney Lanier was
Inventor Hudson Maxim was born.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the U.S.
Fugitive Slave Law was unconstitutional.
The Hampton Roads Peace Conference ended in an
Author Gertrude Stein was born.
Albert Spalding began his sports equipment
P.T. Barnum purchased Jumbo the elephant.
The U.S. Congress passed the Electoral Count Act.
"Wild West" outlaw Belle Starr died.
The first U.S. steel sailing vessel, Dirigo,
was launched at Bath, Maine.
1894 Artist Norman Rockwell was
Charles Arthur "Pretty
Boy" Floyd, armed robber and murderer,
Author James Michener was born.
The 16th Amendment, allowing establishment of a
federal income tax, was ratified.
The United States ended diplomatic relations with
Comedian Joey Bishop was born.
The League of Nations met for the first time.
Eugene O'Neill's first full-length play, Beyond
the Horizon, debuted on Broadway.
28th President of the United States, died.
Football player Fran Tarkenton was born.
The Supreme Court upheld the Federal Wage and
Hour Act, setting minumum wages and maximum
1943 The SS Dorchester was sunk
by a German torpedo.
1944 U.S. troops
captured the Marshall Islands.
the Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed treaties
at The Hague, Netherlands, establishing a Benelux
Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richards and their
pilot were killed in a plane crash near Clear
John F. Kennedy banned all trade with Cuba except
for food and drugs.
The Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 became the first man-made object to
make a soft landing on the Moon.
1966 The first operational
weather satellite, ESSA-1, was launched by the
Painter Aaron Douglas died.
Actress Nancy Kulp died.
Actor Al Lewis died.
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