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1801 Washington, DC., was placed
under Congressional jurisdiction.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was
1813 The first
federal vaccination legislation was enacted.
1813 Congress authroized the use
of steamboats to transport mail.
1827 New Orleans
hosted its first ever Mardi Gras celebration.
1844 Nicholas Biddle, president of
the Bank of the United States, died.
1869 John Menard
became the first black to make a speech in
1874 The first
baseball game in England was played at Lord's
1877 The Electoral College declared
Rutherford B. Hayes President of the United
Fahlberg discovered saccharin.
Hammerstein patented the cigar-rolling machine.
Supreme Court Hustice Hugo Black was born.
Opera singer Marian Anderson was born.
executive David Sarnoff was born.
William Demarest was born.
1902 Author John
Steinbeck was born.
1917 John B. Connally,
U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Governor of Texas,
and Secretary of the Treasury, was born.
The American Association for Hard of
Hearing was formed.
International Working Union of Socialist Parties
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was born.
Actress Joanne Woodward was born.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor was born.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader was born.
Psychologist Ivan Pavlov died.
Actor Howard Hesseman was born.
Architect Peter Behrens died.
The Allies lost the Battle of Java Sea.
The 22nd Amendment, limiting Presidents to two
full terms, was ratified.
New York Yankee center fielder Mickey Mantle signed a contract worth an estimated
The American Indian Movement occupied
Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
1974 The first
issue of People magazine was published.
1980 Israel and
Egypt exchanged ambassadors for the first time.
1980 Chelsea Clinton, daughter
of President Bill Clinton, was born.
1985 U.S. Senator and
Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. died.
S.I. Hayakawa died.
Movie and stage actress Lillian Gish died.
Children's show host Fred Rogers died.
Columnist William F. Buckley died.
Pianist Van Cliburn died.
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