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1531 King Henry VIII was made supreme head of the Church in England.
1535 Pope Gregory XIV was born.
1650 Philosopher René Descartes died.
1766 The Stamp Act was declared unconstitutional by Virginia.
1790 The Society of Friends petitioned the U. S. Congress to abolish slavery.
1808 Anthracite coal was first burned as fuel, experimentally, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
1809 Robert Fulton patented his steamboat.
Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting
bill that gave his party an unfair advantage in
1826 London University (now University College London) was founded.
1828 De Witt Clinton, Governor of New York who oversaw construction of the Erie Canal, died.
1832 Businessman and inventor Daniel Spill was born.
1837 The American Physiological Society was organized.
1847 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born.
1861 The U. S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1878 The Boston Bicycle
Club was formed.
1895 Georgetown, Maryland, became part of Washington, D. C.
1909 Boxer Max Baer was born.
1916 The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presented its first concert.
1917 Author Sidney Sheldon was born.
1919 Actress Eva Gabor was born.
1920 King Farouk of Egypt was born.
1926 Actor Leslie Nielsen was born.
1928 The 2nd Winter Olympic Games opened in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
1929 Vatican City became a sovereign state,
and the world's smallest country.
1931 Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine engine, died.
1934 Actress Tina Louise was born.
1935 Singer Gene Vincent was born.
1936 Actor Burt Reynolds was born.
1938 Singer Boris Pickett was born.
1942 The first "Archie" comic book was issued.
1957 The NHL Players Association was formed.
Six states in the Aden Protectorate formed the Federation of Arab Emirates of the
1962 Singer Sheryl Crow was born.
The French Chef, starring Julia Child, debuted on Boston public
television station WGBH.
1964 The Beatles gave
their first live U.S. concert, at the Coliseum in
1968 The current Madison Square Garden opened its doors.
1974 Twins pitcher Dick Woodson became the first Major League player to take advantage of arbitration.
1986 Author Frank Herbert died.
1990 Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa.
1994 Actor William Conrad died.
2006 Novelist Peter Benchley died.
2012 Singer Whitney Houston died.
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