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1733 James Oglethorpe founded Savannah in what is now Georgia.
1746 Thaddeus Kosciusko, Polish patriot, was born.
1789 Revolutionary hero Ethan Allen died.
1791 Industrialist/philanthropist Peter Cooper was born.
1804 Philosopher Immanuel Kant died.
1809 Naturalist Charles
Darwin was born.
1818 Chile gained its independence from Spain.
1825 The Creek Indian Treaty, in which tribal chiefs agreed to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by September 1, 1826, was signed.
1855 Michigan State University was established.
1865 Henry Highland Garnet became the first black to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1870 An official proclamation set April 15 as the last day of grace for U.S. silver coins to circulate in Canada.
1873 The U.S. Congress abolished bimetalism.
first news dispatch by telephone was sent between Boston
and Salem, Massachusetts.
1878 The catcher's mask was patented by Frederick Thayer.
1880 American labor leader John L. Lewis was born.
1893 U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley was born.
1904 Entertainer Ted Mack was born.
1909 Sixty people met in New York City and formed the nucleus of what is now the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
1912 The Chinese Republic was formed.
The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial in
Washington, D.C., was laid.
1919 Actor Forrest Tucker was born.
1924 President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio speech.
1925 The first federal arbitration law was passed by Congress.
1926 Baseball player Joe Garagiolo was born.
1934 Basketball player Bill Russell was born.
1936 Actor Joe Don Baker was born.
1939 Keyboardist Ray Manzarek was born.
1942 Painter Grant Wood died.
1947 Actor Sidney Toler died.
1950 Guitarist Steve Hackett was born.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the first U.S.
advisors to South Vietnam.
Nepal was proclaimed a constitutional monarchy by King
1962 Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, cartonist and conservationist, died.
1971 Businessman J.C. Penney died.
1973 The first U.S. POW's in North Vietnam were released; 116 of 456 were flown to the Philippines.
1976 Actor Sal Mineo died.
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after fourteen years in exile.
1983 Jazz pianist Eubie Blake died.
1999 U.S. President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.
football coach Tom Landry died.
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