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1587 Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed.

King James1622 King James I disbanded the English Parliament.

1693 The College of William and Mary was chartered.

1725 Tsar Peter the Great died.

1802 Simon Willard patented the banjo clock.

1819 Essayist and critic John Ruskin was born.

William Tecumseh Sherman1820 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Civil War general, was born.

1828 Novelist Jules Verne was born.

Dmitri Mendeleev1834 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev was born.

Confederate States of America1861 The Confederate States of America was formally organized.

John White Geary1873 John White Geary, American Civil War general, died.

1887 The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.

1889 The Department of Agriculture became a Cabinet-level department.

1894 Film director King Vidor was born.

1898 John Ames Sherman patented an envelope folding and gumming machine.

1904 The Russo-Japanese War began.

1910 The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.

Birth of a Nation1915 D.W. Griffith's silent film Birth of a Nation premiered at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles.

1918 The first edition of Stars and Stripes was published.

1920 Actress Lana Turner was born.

1925 Actor Jack Lemmon was born.

1926 Actress Audrey Meadows was born.
1926 Biologist William Bateson died.

1931 Actor James Dean was born.

1935 Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago became the first ever NFL draft pick (by the Eagles).

Charles Curtis1936 Charles Curtis, U.S. Congressman, Senator, and Vice President, died.

1940 Television journalist Ted Koppel was born.

1941 Actor Nick Nolte was born.

1942 Music producer Terry Melcher was born.

1946 Chemist Felix Hoffman died.

1948 Musician 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 II1952 Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of Great Britain.

1953 Actress Mary Steenburgen was born.

1955 Actor Ethan Phillips was born.

Connie Mack1956 Connie Mack, professional baseball player/manager/team owner, died.

1957 Actress Susan Hayward and attorney Floyd Eaton Chalkley were married in Phoenix, Arizona.

1958 Scientists at Osaka University achieved a temperature of 1 million degrees C in Japan's first controlled nuclear reaction.
The French Bombing of Tunisia1958 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 to Italy.

1961 Rock singer Vince Neil was born.

1962 The Cessna Model 205 was test flown for the first time by R.W. Stephens.

1963 Premier Abdel Karem Kassim of Iraq was assassinated in a bloody military coup.

1965 The Supremes released "Stop In the Name of Love."

1968 Actor Gary Coleman was born.

1969 The last edition of Saturday Evening Post was published.

1970 Actress Stephanie Courtney was born.

Skylab Space Station1974 The last crew left the Skylab Space Station.
1974 Ringo Starr released "You're 16."
1974 Actor Seth Green was born.

1976 The movie Taxi Driver was released.

1978 Proceedings of the United States Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time.

1982 Businessman Henry S. Morgan died.

1990 Singer Del Shannon died.

2000 Football player Derrick Thomas died.

2005 Drummer Keith Knudsen died.

2007 Model Anna Nicole Smith died.

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