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Marcus Tullius Cicero106 B.C. Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero was born.

1521 Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X.

1749 Benning Wentworth issued the first of the New Hampshire Grants.

Battle of Princeton1777 Americans led by General George Washington defeated British under General Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.

Lucretia Coffin Mott1793 Lucretia Coffin Mott, American social reformer, was born.

1795 Artist Josiah Wedgwood died.

1831 The first building and loan association in America was established in Frankford, Pennsylvania.

1833 Great Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands.

Father Damien1841 Father Damien, missionary to the lepers of Hawai'i, was born.

San Francisco1847 The California town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

1852 The first Chinese emigrants arrived in Hawaii.

1861 The Delaware Legislature voted not to join the Confederacy.

1863 Harper's Weekly published the first Thomas Nast-drawn Santa Claus.

1868 The Meiji Restoration returned authority to the Emperor of Japan.

1870 Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.

1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley.

Clement Attlee1883 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee was born.

Eli Stanley Jones1884 Eli Stanley Jones, missionary to India, was born.

1885 Harry Elkins Widener, collector of rare books, was born.

1888 Marvin C. Stone patented a wax drinking straw.

1890 The first college-level dairy school in the United States opened at the University of Wisconsin.

1892 Author J.R.R. Tolkein was born.

1894 Actress Zazu Pitts was born.

1899 The first known use of the word "automobile" was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.

Victor Borge1909 Comedic pianist Victor Borge was born.

1923 Football coach Hank Stram was born.

Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre1931 Joseph Jacques CÚsaire Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army during World War I, died.

1932 Actor Dabney Coleman was born.

1933 Minnie D. Craig became the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, and the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.

1938 March of Dimes was established.

1945 Musician Stephen Stills was born.
1945 Psychic Edgar Cayce died.

1946 Bass player John Paul Jones was born.

1947 The opening session of the U.S. Congress was televised for the first time.

1949 "Colgate Theater" premiered on NBC-TV.

1950 Actress Victoria Principal was born.

1952 "Dragnet" premiered on NBC-TV.

1953 Frances Bolton and her son Oliver, both from Ohio, became the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.

1956 Actor Mel Gibson was born.

Alaska1959 Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the Union.

1961 The United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Jack Ruby1967 Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald, died.

1969 Auto racer Michael Schumacher was born.

1977 Apple Computer was incorporated.

1979 Businessman Conrad Hilton died.

1980 Naturalist Joy Adamson died.

1981 Football player Eli Manning was born.

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