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Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed.
King James I disbanded the English Parliament.
The College of William and Mary was chartered.
Tsar Peter the Great died.
Simon Willard patented the banjo clock.
Essayist and critic John Ruskin was born.
1820 William Tecumseh
Sherman, American Civil
War general, was born.
Novelist Jules Verne was born.
Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev
1861 The Confederate States of
America was formally
John White Geary, American Civil War general, died.
The Dawes Act authorized the President of
the United States to survey Native American
tribal land and divide it into individual
The Department of Agriculture became a
Film director King Vidor was born.
John Ames Sherman patented an envelope
folding and gumming machine.
The Russo-Japanese War began.
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
D.W. Griffith's silent film Birth of a
Nation premiered at Clune's Auditorium in
1918 The first
edition of Stars and Stripes was
Actress Lana Turner was born.
Actor Jack Lemmon was born.
Actress Audrey Meadows was born.
1926 Biologist William Bateson
Actor James Dean was born.
Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago
became the first ever NFL draft pick (by the
Charles Curtis, U.S.
Congressman, Senator, and Vice President, died.
journalist Ted Koppel was born.
1941 Actor Nick
Nolte was born.
producer Terry Melcher was born.
Felix Hoffman died.
Dan Seals was born.
1949 A Boeing
XB-47 set a transcontinental speed record of
607.8 mph over a distance of 2,289 miles.
Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of Great Britain.
Actress Mary Steenburgen was born.
Actor Ethan Phillips was born.
Connie Mack, professional baseball
player/manager/team owner, died.
Actress Susan Hayward and attorney Floyd Eaton
Chalkley were married in Phoenix, Arizona.
Scientists at Osaka University achieved a
temperature of 1 million degrees C in Japan's
first controlled nuclear reaction.
Algerian-based French aircraft bombed and strafed
the Tunisian village of Sakiet-Sidi-Youssef.
1958 Sebastiano Nani, alleged
former Mafia leader, was deported from New York
Rock singer Vince Neil was born.
The Cessna Model 205 was test flown for the first
time by R.W. Stephens.
Premier Abdel Karem Kassim of Iraq was
assassinated in a bloody military coup.
The Supremes released "Stop In the
Name of Love."
Actor Gary Coleman was born.
The last edition of Saturday Evening Post
Actress Stephanie Courtney was born.
1974 The last crew left
the Skylab Space Station.
1974 Ringo Starr released
1974 Actor Seth Green was born.
The movie Taxi Driver was released.
Proceedings of the United States Senate
were broadcast on radio for the first time.
Businessman Henry S. Morgan died.
Singer Del Shannon died.
Football player Derrick Thomas died.
Drummer Keith Knudsen died.
Model Anna Nicole Smith died.
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