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1564 Astronomer Galileo Galilei was born.
King Louis XV of France was born.
Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was born.
Austria, Prussia, and Saxony signed the
Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the
French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War.
1764 St. Louis,
Missouri was founded as a French trading post by
Pierre Laclade Ligue.
1809 Inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick was born.
Businessman Charles Louis Tiffany was born.
1820 Susan Brownell
and suffragette, was born.
Naturalist Archibald Menzies died.
American statesman Elihu Root was born.
1864 Union troops
attempted to take Gainesville, Florida, but were unsuccessful.
Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton was born.
Engineer Louis Renault was born.
Congress authorized women lawyers to practice
before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Actor John Barrymore was born.
1894 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian
politician and diplomat, was born.
1898 The U.S.S. Maine
blew up in Havana Harbor, sparking the Spanish-American War.
Political leader Mark Hanna died.
1905 Lew Wallace, U.S. Civil War
General and author of Ben-Hur, died.
1907 Actor Cesar
Romero was born.
1910 The Boy
Scouts of America was founded.
Congressman Hale Boggs was born.
air mail service began in the United States.
1927 Walter H. Beech was elected
president of Travel Air.
1927 Comedian Harvey Korman was born.
1929 James R.
Schlesinger, government official and political
scholar, was born.
Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on the
"Guy Lombardo Show."
1932 U.S. bobsled team member
Eddie Eagan became the only athlete ever to win
gold in both Summer and Winter Olympics (1920
Astronaut Roger Chaffee was born.
1939 The German
battleship Bismarck was launched.
1946 The Bank of
England was nationalized.
Disney's Cinderella was released.
Jane Seymour was born.
Matt Groening was born.
Chris Farley was born.
The "Maple Leaf Flag" of Canada was officially flown for the first
1965 Singer Nat King Cole died.
Jazz clarinetist Pee Wee Russell died.
Sound recordings were granted U.S. federal
copyright protection for the first time.
1973 Actor Wally
Ethel Merman died.
1986 The Beech
Starship 1 made its first flight, with pilot Bud
Francis and co-pilot Tom Carr.
Actor Ray Bolger died.
Jeffrey Dahmer was found guilty of killing 15
YouTube was launched in the United States.
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