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1235 Emperor Joseph II ordered the Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names.

1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible began his march to Novgorod.

Nathaniel Bacon1647 Nathaniel Bacon, leader of a rebellion in colonial Virginia, was born.

1727 British General James Wolfe was born.

1752 Poet Philip Freneau was born.

Calcutta1757 British troops occupied Calcutta, India.

1788 Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.

1811 Thomas Pickering became the first U.S. Senator to be censured.

1818 The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded.

Henry Flagler1830 Henry M. Flagler, developer of Florida's east coast, was born.

1831 The abolitionist newspaper Liberator began publication.
Justin Winsor1831 Justin Winsor, librarian and author, was born.

1863 The Battle of Murfreesboro ended.

1865 Educator William Lyon Phelps was born.

1882 Standard Oil was organized as a trust.

1890 Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.

World's Columbian Exposition1893 The first U.S. commemorative stamps were issued, in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition.

1904 Confederate General James Longstreet died.

Willis Carrier1906 Willis Carrier received a patent for his "Apparatus for Treating Air."

1913 The National Woman's Party was formed.

1920 Author Isaac Asimov was born.

1925 Larry Harmon, aka Bozo the Clown, was born.

Niagara Falls1929 The United States and Canada agreed to preserve Niagara Falls.

1935 The trial of Bruno Hauptman for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son began.

1936 Singer Roger Miller was born.

1938 Book publisher Simon and Schuster was founded.

1939 Televangelist Jim Bakker was born.

1942 Japanese troops occupied Manila, Philippines.

1949 Luis Muñoz Marin became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.

1955 Panamanoan President Jose Antonio Remon was assassinated.

Luna 11959 The Soviet Union launched Luna 1 toward the Moon, making it the first man-made object to achieve escape velocity.
1959 The cornerstone for Alaska Methodist University, in Anchorage, was laid.

Finch-Tregoff Trials1960 The murder trial of Bernard Finch and Carole Tregoff began.
1960 J. Paul Sauvé, Prime Minister of
Quebec, died.

1962 The nighttime version of "Password" premiered on CBS-TV.

1963 Actor Dick Powell died.

1968 Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born.

1974 Singer Tex Ritter died.

1983 The musical "Annie"* ended its Broadway run, after 2,377 performances.

1986 Actress Una Merkel died.

1990 Actor Alan Hale, Jr. died.

William P.Rogers2001 William P. Rogers, former U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of State, died.

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