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George Washington1732 George Washington, 1st President of the United States, was born.

1784 The first U.S. ship to trade with China, "Empress of China," sailed from New York.

1788 Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was born.

1810 Composer Frederic Chopin was born.
Charles Brockden Brown1810 Author Charles Brockden Brown died.

Adams-Onis Treaty1819 The United States bought the Florida Territory from Spain.
McCulloch vs Maryland1819 The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of McCulloch vs Maryland.
James Russell Lowell1819 Poet James Russell Lowell was born.

1825 Russia and Britain established a boundary between Alaska and Canada.

Charles Willson Peale1827 Portrait painter Charles Willson Peale died.

1857 Scientist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz was born.
1857 Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powell was born.

Jefferson Davis1862 Jefferson Davis was formally inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America.

1867 The Pullman Palace Car Company was chartered.

1872 The first national convention of the Prohibition Party opened in Columbus, Ohio.

Charles Lyell1875 Geologist Charles Lyell died.

Johns Hopkins University1876 Johns Hopkins University opened its doors.

1878 The Greenback Labor Party was formed in Toledo, Ohio.

Frank W. Woolworth1879 Frank W. Woolworth opened the first "5 and 10" store in Utica, New York.

1887 The Union Labor Party was organized in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1892 Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was born.

1900 Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

1909 The Great White Fleet, the first U.S. naval fleet to circle the globe, returned to Virginia.

Francisco Madero1913 Francisco Indalecio Madero, recently overthrown President of Mexico, was assassinated.

1918 TV announcer Don Pardo was born.
1918 Robert Wadlow, the tallest person ever recorded, was born.

Jean-Bedel Bokassa1921 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Empire, was born.

1923 Transcontinental airmail service began.

Ted Kennedy1932 Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy was born.

1945 The Arab League was formed.

1950 Basketball player Julius Erving was born.

1957 Commercial air service over the North Pole was inaugurated between Tokyo, Japan, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
1957 A U.S. Air Force plane crash-landed near Kimpo Air ForceBase in South Korea, killing 22 of the 159 persons aboard.

Arturo Frondizi1958 Arturo Frondizi won the first free presidential election in Argentina since 1928.

Daytona 5001959 The annual stock car race at Daytona Beach, Florida, was moved from the beach to a brand new $3 million, 2-1/2-mile paved speedway.

1960 An explosion inside a coal mine at Zwickau, Germany, killed 40 miners and trapped 74 others.

1962 Steve Irwin, aka "the Crocodile Hunter," was born.

1963 Golfer Vijay Singh was born.

1965 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter died.

1975 Actress Drew Barrymore was born.

St. Lucia1979 St. Lucia became independent of the United Kingdom.
House of Representatives on television1979 Proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives were televised for the first time.

Andy Warhol1987 Artist Andy Warhol died.

1995 Actor Ed Flanders died.

2002 Cartoon director Chuck Jones died.

2016 Singer Sonny James died.

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