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Queen Elizabeth I1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England and absolved her subjects from allegiance.

1723 Architect Christopher Wren died.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney1746 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of War, was born.

Jose de San Martin1778 José de San Martín, Latin American revolutionary, was born.

1791 The first Bank of the United States was chartered.

Samuel Colt1836 Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol with revolving cartridge cylinder.

1837 The first U.S. electric printing press was patented by Thomas Davenport.

1841 Painter Pierre Auguste Renoir was born.

USS Monitor1862 The USS Monitor was commissioned.

Hiram Revels1870 Hiram Revels took his seat as the first black to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

1873 Opera singer Enrico Caruso was born.

John Foster Dulles1888 U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was born.

J.P. Morgan1901 J.P. Morgan organized the U.S. Steel Corporation.
1901 Comic actor Zeppo Marx was born.

1908 The first tunnel under the Hudson River opened.

Millicent Fenwick1910 American politician Millicent Fenwick was born.

1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, establishing a national income tax, was proclaimed.
1913 Actor Jim Backus was born.

1918 Tennis player Bobby Riggs was born.

1925 Glacier Bay National Monument was established in Alaska.

1928 Film and television director Larry Gelbart was born.

1943 Musician George Harrison was born.

1949 Wrestler Ric Flair was born.

1950 "Your Show of Shows" premiered on NBC-TV.

1963 The Beatles released their first single in the U.S., "Please Please Me."

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) TKO'd Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title.

1975 Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad died.

1982 The last new episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" aired.

1983 Playwright Tennessee Williams died.

Corazon Aquino1986 Corazon Aquino took office as President of the Philippines.

1987 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld affirmative action (5-4).

2006 Actor Darren McGavin died.

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