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1387 King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated.
1510 Pope Julius II excommunicated the Republic of Venice.
1527 Ferdinand of Austria was crowned as King of Bohemia.
1536 Pope Clement VIII was born.
1582 Pope Gregory XIII announced a new calendar.
1723 British General John Burgoyne was born.
1772 William Harris Crawford, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury, was born.
1779 George Rogers Clark captured Vincennes (now in Indiana).
1785 John Adams was appointed the first United States Minister to Great Britain.
1786 Wilhelm Karl Grimm, collector and publisher of fairy tales, was born.
1803 The U.S. Supreme Court established itself as the final authority on the constitutionality of laws in Marbury vs Madison.
1810 Chemist Henry Cavendish died.
1815 Robert Fulton, inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat, died.
1821 Mexico became independent of Spain.
1836 Painter Winslow Homer was born.
1839 William Otis patented the steam shovel.
1848 King Louis-Philippe of France abdicated.
1863 Arizona Territory was organized.
1868 The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson.
1874 Baseball player Honus Wagner was born.
1885 U.S. Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was born.
1903 The United States signed an agreement with Cuba to lease Guantanamo Bay for a naval base.
1909 The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded.
1921 Actor Abe Vigoda was born.
1922 Actor Steven Hill was born.
1938 Actor James Farentino was born.
1942 The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
American forces liberated Manila, Philippines, from the
1946 Congregational minister Charles Monroe Sheldon died.
Singer Rupert Holmes was born.
1955 Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, was born.
1966 Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown as President of Ghana.
1970 An avalanche struck the village of Reckinger, Switzerland, killing 30 persons.
1974 Pakistan formally recognized Bangladesh.
1977 Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., was born.
1983 A special commission of the U.S. Congress released a report condemning the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
1987 Astronomers at a University of Toronto observatory in the mountains of Chile announced their discovery of a huge supernova that was the closest and brightest to be seen since 1604.
1990 Businessman Malcolm Forbes died.
1991 Game show host John Charles Daly died.
1994 Singer Dinah Shore died.
Elton John was knighted.
2006 Actor Dennis Weaver died.
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