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1468 Alessandro Farnese, the future Pope Paul III, was born.
1692 Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian servant, became the first people to be accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
1704 French and Indians attacked Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 50 residents and abducting 100.
1712 Marquis de Montcalm, French commander in Quebec, was born.
1792 Operatic composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini was born.
1796 Jay's Treaty was proclaimed.
1848 The Principality of Neuchâtel declared itself independent of Prussia.
1880 The Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland and Italy was completed.
1892 St. Petersburg, Florida, was incorporated.
1904 Band leader Tommy Dorsey was born.
1908 Dutch scientists produced solid
1916 Singer Dinah Shore was born.
1920 Czechoslovakia adopted a
1936 Astronaut Jack Robert Lousma was born.
1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first black to win an Academy Award.
1944 Actor Dennis Farina was born.
1952 The island of Heligoland was restored to German authority.
1956 An Islamic Republic was formed in Pakistan.
1960 Two earthquakes, a tidal wave, and fire killed
an estimated 20,000 persons in Agadir, Morocco.
1964 A British Eagle International
Airlines Britannia turbojet hit Mount Glungezer, in the
Austrian Alps, and burned, killing all 83 persons aboard.
1968 Romania withdrew its delegates from a Soviet-sponsored meeting of 67 Communist parties being held in Budapest, Hungary.
2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as President of Haiti.
2012 Singer Davy Jones died.
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