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Independence Day (Grenada)

1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) became the first English Prince of Wales.

1550 Giovanni Maria del Monte was elected Pope Julius III.

1569 King Philip II formed the South American Inquisition.

1795 The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, affirming the power of the states, was ratified.

John Deere1804 Inventor and businessman John Deere was born.

1812 An 8.2 earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri.
1812
Author Charles Dickens was born.

Frederick Douglass1817 Frederick Douglass, abolitionist lecturer and leader, was born.

1834 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev was born.

1856 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passed the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.

1863 The HMS Orpheus sank off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189 persons.

Jacksonville1864 Federal troops occupied Jacksonville, Florida.

Laura Ingalls Wilder1867 Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born.

1878 Pope Pius IX died.

1882 John L. Sullivan became the last bare knuckle boxing champion by knocking out Paddy Ryan.

1883 Jazz pianist Eubie Banks was born.

1884 The Canadian Rugby Football Union was formed.

1885 Novelist Sinclair Lewis was born.

1894 The Western Federation of Miners went on strike in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

1905 The Dominican Republic signed a treaty turning over customs collections to the United States.

Frances Willard1898 American temperance leader Frances E. Willard died.

John PaulMcConnell1908 John Paul McConnell, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, was born.

1915 The first wireless message sent from a moving train to a station was received.

1937 American politician Elihu Root died.

1938 Businessman Harvey Firestone died.

1940 British railroads were nationalized.
1940 The animated film Pinocchio premiered.

1958 The Advanced Research Projects Agency was established by the U.S. Department of Defense.

1959 John Cook and Robert Timm ended a nearly 65-day airplane flight, setting a new air endurance record.

1962 A gas explosion inside a coal mine near Saarbruecken, Germany, killed 298 miners.
1962 Algerian terrorists exploded ten bombs in Paris, France, killing six persons and damaging the home of Minister of Culture Andre Malraux.
1962 An unmanned nuclear-powered weather station began operation under the ice at McMurdo Sound in the Antarctica.
1962
Singer Garth Brooks was born.

1971 Switzerland voted for national woman's suffrage in a referendum.

Watergate1973 The U.S. Senate formed a select committee to investigate the White House's involvement in the Watergate break-in.

Grenada1974 Grenada gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1978 Actor Ashton Kutcher was born.

1979 Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles, California.
1979 Nazi doctor Josef Mengele died.

1984 Bruce McCandless made the first ever untethered space walk.

1985 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.

1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first elected president.

1998 The 18th Winter Olympic Games opened in Nagono, Japan.

King Hussein1999 King Hussein of Jordan died.

2000 Magician Doug Henning died.

2001 Singer Dale Evans died.
2001 Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh died.

2010 The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

2014 The 22nd Winter Olympic Games opened in Sochi, Russia.

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