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1400 King Richard II of England died.
1483 Babar, first Mogul Emperor, was born.
1556 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was declared a heretic.
1779 Captain James Cook was killed by natives of the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands.
1794 James Davenport was granted the first U.S. patent for textile machinery.
1797 A British fleet defeated a much larger Spanish fleet at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
1803 Moses Coats patented an apple corer.
1844 John C. Frémont became the first European to see Lake Tahoe.
1849 James Knox Polk became the first sitting President to have his photograph taken, by Matthew Brady in New York City.
Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state.
Morehouse College was organized.
1882 Actor John Barrymore was born.
1891 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman died.
1894 Comedian Jack Benny was born.
1895 Actor Nigel Bruce was born.
1899 The U.S. Congress began using voting machines.
1903 The Department of Commerce and Labor was created by act of Congress.
1912 Arizona was admitted as the 48th state.
1913 Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa was born.
1918 College football coach Woody Hayes was born.
1919 United Parcel Service was formed.
1921 Television journalist Hugh Downs was born.
1924 IBM Corporation was founded by Thomas Watson.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, was released.
1934 Actress Florence Henderson was born.
1942 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was born.
1945 The last Stearman PT-17 was delivered to the U.S. Srmy Air Force.
Bank of England was nationalized.
1948 Magician (Raymond Joseph) Teller was born.
Football player Jim Kelly was born.
1962 Jacqueline Kennedy gave the first ever televised tour of the White House.
1972 Football player Drew Bledsoe was born.
1973 Football player Steve McNair was born.
1975 Biologist Julian Huxley died.
1988 Composer Frederick Loewe died.
1989 The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System were placed into orbit.
1991 The Silence of the Lambs was released.
1999 John Ehrlichmann, White House counsel during the Watergate scandal, died.
1996 Actor McLean Stevenson died.
2000 NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit around an asteroid, 433 Eros.
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