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1621 Myles Standish was elected as
the first commander of the Plymouth Colony.
Revolutionary War General John Sullivan was born.
Stamp Act was approved by the British Parliament.
Thomas Malthus was born.
1776 The first
volume of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of
the Roman Empire was published.
1801 The U.S.
House of Representatives broke an Electoral
College tie by choosing Thomas Jefferson over
Aaron Burr for President.
1815 The Senate ratified
the Treaty of Ghent, formally ending the War of 1812.
Baltimore, Maryland, became the first U.S. city
to be lit by gas.
Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patented
the "draisine" (an early bicycle).
1827 Educator Johann Heinrich
Montgomery Ward, mail-order merchant, was born.
Britain recognized the independence of Orange
Free State (now South Africa).
The Confederate submarine HL Hunley
sank the Union ship Housatonic.
Alexander II of Russia survived an assassination
National Organization of Mothers (predecessor of
the Parent Teacher Association) was formed.
Composer Ethelbert Nevin died.
Buster Crabbe was born.
leader Geronimo died.
introduced the first automobile to have an
Margaret Truman was born.
1925 Actor Hal
Holbrook was born.
1933 The first
issue of Newsweek was published.
Albert I, King of Belgium, died.
1940 Singer Gene
Pitney was born.
1958 The first
"B.C." comic strip was published.
Vanguard II, the first satellite designed to
observe weather, was launched from Cape
1959 Swimmer Rowdy Gaines was
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips was born.
Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, aka Larry the
Cable Guy, was born.
1963 Basketball player Michael
Jordan was born.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died.
Voyager 1 became the most distant man-made object
2004 José López Portillo, President of Mexico, died.
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