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Galileo Galilei1564 Astronomer Galileo Galilei was born.

1710 King Louis XV of France was born.

1748 Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was born.

1763 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.

Cyrus Hall McCormick1809 Inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick was born.

1812 Businessman Charles Louis Tiffany was born.

Susan Brownell Anthony1820 Susan Brownell Anthony, abolitionist and suffragette, was born.

Archibald Menzies1842 Naturalist Archibald Menzies died.

1845 American statesman Elihu Root was born.

Gainesville, Florida1864 Union troops attempted to take Gainesville, Florida, but were unsuccessful.

1874 Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton was born.

1877 Engineer Louis Renault was born.

1879 Congress authorized women lawyers to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1882 Actor John Barrymore was born.

Oswaldo Aranha1894 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician and diplomat, was born.

Spanish-American War1898 The U.S.S. Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, sparking the Spanish-American War.

Mark Hanna1905 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.

1914 U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs was born.

1926 Contract air mail service began in the United States.

Walter Beech1927 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.

1932 George 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 boxing gold).

Roger Chaffee1935 Astronaut Roger Chaffee was born.

1939 The German battleship Bismarck was launched.

1946 The Bank of England was nationalized.

1950 Walt Disney's Cinderella was released.

1951 Actress Jane Seymour was born.

1954 Cartoonist Matt Groening was born.

1964 Comedian Chris Farley was born.

Canada1965 The "Maple Leaf Flag" of Canada was officially flown for the first time.
1965 Singer Nat King Cole died.

1969 Jazz clarinetist Pee Wee Russell died.

1972 Sound recordings were granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

1973 Actor Wally Cox died.

1984 Singer Ethel Merman died.

1986 The Beech Starship 1 made its first flight, with pilot Bud Francis and co-pilot Tom Carr.

Ray Bolger1987 Actor Ray Bolger died.

1992 Jeffrey Dahmer was found guilty of killing 15 boys.

2005 YouTube was launched in the United States.

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