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1464 The States-General of the Netherlands met for the first time.
1522 Adriaan F. Boeyens became the only Dutch Pope to date (as Adrian VI).
1554 Pope Gregory XV was born.
1788 Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution.
1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first person ever to fly a hot-air balloon in the United States.
1848 Astronomer Caroline Herschel died.
1859 Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of the women's suffrage movement, was born.
Citadel cadets fired the first shots of the Civil War
when they fired on the Union ship Star of the West
entering the harbor of Charlotte, South Carolina.
1866 Fisk University was established.
1870 Joseph Strauss, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge, was born.
1878 John Broadus Watson, founder of
behavioral psychology, was born.
1890 Author Karel Capek was born.
Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" was released in
1901 Cartoonist Chic Young was born.
1903 Wind Cave National
Park was established.
1908 Muir Woods National Monument was established.
1912 U.S. Marines invaded Honduras.
1913 Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States, was born.
1915 Actor Fernando Lamas was born.
1925 Actor Lee Van Cleef was born.
1928 Novelist Judith Krantz was born.
1934 Football player Bart Starr was born.
1935 Actor Bob Denver was born.
1941 Singer Joan Baez was born.
1942 The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff was created.
1944 Guitarist Jimmy Page was born.
1950 Musician David Johansen, aka Buster Poindexter, was born.
After Tomorrow, the first film ever to receive an
"X" rating, premiered.
1955 Actor J.K. Simmons was born.
1956 The first Abigail Van Buren-penned "Dear Abby" column appeared.
1959 "Rawhide" premiered on CBS-TV.
1960 Construction of the Aswan Dam began.
1967 The NFL team in New
Orleans adopts the name "Saints."
1968 Surveyor 7 landed on the Moon.
1969 The first trial
flight of the Concorde took place over Bristol,
1973 Luna 21 was launched on a mission to Mars.
1975 Clara Stover, co-founder of Russell Stover Candies, died.
Commonwealth of Northern Marianas was established.
1982 Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of Great Britain, was born.
1984 "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" premiered on NBC-TV.
1991 Major League Baseball officially banned Pete Rose from ever being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1998 Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov set a spacewalk record of 3 hours 8 minutes.
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