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1648 Christian IV, King of Denmark and
The first edition of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones
Clement XIII allowed the Bible to be translated
into various languages.
1778 The Rhode
Island General Assembly authorized the enlistment
1784 John Wesley
chartered the Methodist Church.
1787 The charter
establishing the institution now known as the
University of Pittsburgh was granted.
The U.S. Senate voided Pennsylvania's election of
1810 The first
U.S. fire insurance joint-stock company was
organized in Philadelphia.
and Ohio Railroad was incorporated.
1844 A 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton
exploded, killing six civilians.*
University of Utah opened.
Republican Party was formed by anti-slavery
activists in Ripon, Wisconsin.
Arkansas Legislature required free blacks to
choose exile or slavery.
Territories of Nevada and Colorado were created.
1883 The first
vaudeville theater opened in Boston,
Acheson patented an abrasive he named
1894 Author and
newspaperman Ben Hecht was born.
Chemist Linus Pauling was born.
director Vincente Minnelli was born.
1906 Mob boss
Bugsy Siegel was born.
1915 Actor Zero
Mostel was born.
Britain recognized the independence of Egypt.
1931 Actor Gavin
MacLeod was born.
College basketball coach Dean Smith was born.
1932 The last
Model A Ford rolled off the assembly line.
Carothers manufactured the first nylon polymer.
University of Pittsburgh beat Fordham University
(50-37) in the first ever basketball game to be
1940 Auto racer Mario Andretti
King Alfonso XIII
of Spain died.
1942 Actor Frank
Bonner was born.
player Bubba Smith was born.
Bernadette Peters was born.
Massey took the oath as the first Canadian-born
Governor-General of Canada.
1953 James D.
Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced their
discovery of the structure of DNA.
An F-104A Starfighter became the first aircraft to reach Mach
2 (twice the speed of sound).
1956 Jay Forrester was issued a
patent for computer core memory.
The world's first polar-orbiting satellite,
Discoverer I, was launched from Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California.
American astronauts Elliott M. See, Jr., and
Charles A. Bassett died when their T-38 jet
trainer crashed at Lambert Field in St. Louis,
Harry Luce, founder of Time, Life,
Sports Illustrated, and Fortune
Singer Frankie Lymon died.
Singer Jason Aldean was born.
1977 Actor Eddie Anderson died.
The final episode of M*A*S*H* aired.
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was
Iraq formally accepted all 12 resolutions made by
the United Nations, ending the Gulf War.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco,
The Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to
buy a hand-gun, went into effect.
International Airport opened.
Daniel Boorstin died.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., died.
personality Paul Harvey died.
Jane Russell died.
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