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1577 King Erik XIV of Sweden died.
1795 General Francis Marion died.
1802 Poet and novelist Victor Hugo was born.
1813 Robert R. Livingston, delegate to the Continental Congress and negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase, died.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from his exile on the island of Elba.
1829 Businessman Levi Strauss was born.
1834 Aloys Senefelder, inventor of lithography, died.
1846 "Buffalo Bill" Cody, buffalo hunter and hero of Western novels, was born.
1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto.
1856 Naval surveyor Philip Parker King died.
1857 Congregational minister Charles Monroe Sheldon was born.
1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
1869 The 15th Amendment, guaranteeing all races the right to vote, was sent to the states for ratification.
1870 The first subway line in New York City opened.
1887 Actor William Frawley was born.
1895 Michael Owens patented a glass-blowing machine.
1903 Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun, died.
Congress created the Dillingham Commission to examine the
impact of immigrants on America.
1908 Cartoonist Tex Avery was born.
1914 The New York Museum of Science and Industry was incorporated.
1916 Jackie Gleason, comedian and actor, was born.
Grand Canyon National Park was established by Congress.
1920 Actor Tony Randall was born.
1927 Game show host Tom Kennedy was born.
Singer Fats Domino was born.
1929 Grand Teton National Park was established.
1930 The first red and green traffic lights were installed, in Manhattan, New York.
1932 Singer Johnny Cash was born.
1933 Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge.
German Luftwaffe was re-formed under Hermann Goering.
1936 Ferdinand Porsche's Volkswagen was introduced to Germany.
1940 The United States Air Defense Command was created.
1941 The Cowboys' Amateur Association of America was organized.
1944 Nurse Sue Dauser became the first female Captain in the U.S. Navy.
1945 Singer-musician Mitch Ryder was born.
1948 Actress Priscilla Lopez was born.
1953 Singer Michael Bolton was born.
1960 The engagement of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom to Antony Armstrong-Jones was announced.
1961 King Mohammed V of Morocco died.
1966 The first sub-orbital flight of a Saturn rocket was made.
1969 Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol died.
1975 The "Today Show" televised a kidney transplant.
1977 The U.S. space shuttle flew for the first time, atop a modified Boeing 747.
1987 The Tower Commission issued its report on the "Iran-Contra Affair."
1993 A bomb planted by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring more than 1,000.
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