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1621 Myles Standish was elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony.
1673 Playwright Moličre died.
1740 Revolutionary War General John Sullivan was born.
1765 The Stamp Act was approved by the British Parliament.
1766 Economist 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.
1817 Baltimore, Maryland, became the first U.S. city to be lit by gas.
1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patented the "draisine" (an early bicycle).
1827 Educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi died.
1844 Montgomery Ward, mail-order merchant, was born.
1854 Britain recognized the independence of Orange Free State (now South Africa).
1864 The Confederate submarine HL Hunley sank the Union ship Housatonic.
1880 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survived an assassination attempt.
1897 The National Organization of Mothers (predecessor of the Parent Teacher Association) was formed.
1901 Composer Ethelbert Nevin died.
1907 Actor Buster Crabbe was born.
1909 Apache leader Geronimo died.
1911 Cadillac introduced the first automobile to have an electric starter.
1924 Author Margaret Truman was born.
1925 Actor Hal Holbrook was born.
1933 The first issue of Newsweek was published.
1934 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 Canaveral.
1962 Actor Lou Diamond Phillips was born.
Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, aka Larry the Cable
Guy, was born.
1968 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened.
1982 Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died.
1988 Voyager 1 became the most distant man-made object in space.
2004 José López Portillo, President of Mexico, died.
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