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1367 King Richard II of England was born.

1494 The first Mass in the New World was celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1579 The Union of Atrecht was signed.

1605 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Portugal.

Charles I1649 The English Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"

1745 Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, co-inventor of the first aircraft to carry humans into the sky, was born.

1759 George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis.

1773 Massachusetts slaves petitioned the legislature for freedom.

1784 Turkey and Russia signed a treaty in Constantinople.

Charles Sumner1811 U.S. Senator Charles Sumner was born.

1822 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann was born.

1832 The New England Anti-Slavery Society was organized in Boston, Massachusetts.
Illustrator Gustave Doré was born.

Louis Braille1852 Louis Braille, developer of the Braille System of writing and reading for the blind, died.

1857 A patent for reducing zinc ore was granted to Samuel Wetherill.

1861 Florida troops seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.

1873 The U.S. Congress began investigating the Crédit Mobilier scandal.

Carl Sandburg1878 Poet and historian Carl Sandburg was born.

1880 Actor Tom Mix was born.

Samuel Rayburn1882 Samuel Rayburn, long-time member of the United States House of Representatives, was born.
Richard Henry Dana1882 Richard Henry Dana, writer and adventurer, died.

Gregor Mendel1884 Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the basic laws of heredity, died.

1893 The Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress.

1898 The first ever telephone message from a submerged submarine was made by Simon Lake.

Maria Montessori1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school.

New Mexico1912 New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state.
Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift in a lecture at a meeting of the Geological Association in Frankfurt, Germany.

1914 The stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch was founded.

Theodore Roosevelt1919 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, died.

1920 Religious leader Sun Myung Moon was born.

1924 Musician Earl Scruggs was born.

1925 Automobile designer John DeLorean was born.

1929 Mother Theresa arrived in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poor and diseased people.
Babrak Karmal1929 Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan, was born.

1936 Barbara Hanley became Canada's first woman mayor, of Webbwood, Ontario

1939 The daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuted.

President Franklin Roosevelt1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's gave his "4 Freedoms" (freedom of speech and worship, and from want and fear) State of Union address.

1942 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world (aboard its "Pacific Clipper").

1946 Musician Syd Barrett was born.

Nancy Lopez1957 Golfer Nancy Lopez was born.

1960 Football player Howie Long was born.

Marlin Perkins1963 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," starring Marlin Perkins, premiered on NBC-TV.

1967 The last new episode of "The Milton Berle Show" aired on ABC-TV.
Angostura Bridge1967 The Angostura Bridge, across the Orinoco River in Venezuela, opened.

1968 Dr N.E. Shumway performed the first U.S. adult cardiac transplant operation.

1973 "Schoolhouse Rock" premiered on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock.

1974 "CBS Mystery Theater" premiered on radio.

1975 "Wheel of Fortune" premiered on NBC-TV.

Pavel Cherenkov1990 Physicist Pavel Cherenkov died.

1993 Dancer Rudolf Nureyev died.

1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard.

2006 Singer Lou Rawls died.

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