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William Henry Harrison1773 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, was born.

1814 American politician Samuel J. Tilden was born.

1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as the 6th President of the United States.

Jacksonville1832 The city of Jacksonville, Florida, was chartered.

William Thomas Sampson1840 Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson was born.

1863 Alanson Crane patented the fire extinguisher.

1866 Humorist George Ade was born.

1870 The United States Weather Service was established.

1874 Poet Amy Lowell was born.

1886 Winfield Scott Hancock, Union Army General and presidential candidate, died.

1889 The Umited States Department of Agriculture became a Cabinet-level agency.

1895 The first intercollegiate basketball game was played; Minnesota Agricultural College defeated Hamline College, 9-3.
1895 W.G. Morgan invented the game of volleyball.

1900 Dwight Davis established the Davis Cup (tennis).

1904 Japan declared war on Russia.

Paul Laurence Dunbar1906 Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar died.

1909 The first federal legislation prohibiting narcotics was passed (a ban on opium).
1909 Entertainer Carmen Miranda was born.

1911 Entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee was born.

1914 Country musician Ernest Tubb was born.

1926 Atlanta, Georgia, banned the teaching of evolution in public schools.

1928 News broadcaster Roger Mudd was born.

1931 Televangelist Jack Van Impe was born.

1942 Singer Carole King was born.

1943 Japanese troops evacuated Guadalcanal.
1943 Actor Joe Pesci was born.

1945 Actress Mia Farrow was born.

1947 Bank robber Willie Sutton escaped from the Philadelphia jail.

1953 "Adventures of Superman" premiered in syndication.

1955 Actor Jim J. Bullock was born.

Argonaut1957 The Argonaut nuclear reactor at Argonne National Laboratory began operating.

1964 The Beatles appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time.
1964 The GI Joe character was created.

1966 Singer Sophie Tucker died.

1969 Actor Gabby Hayes died.

1976 Musician Percy Faith died.

1981 Rock musician Bill Haley died.

1984 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Soviet Union, died.

1995 American politician J. William Fulbright died.

Princess Margaret2002 Princess Margaret of Great Britain died.

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