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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.
1558 Geneva became independent from Berne Canton, Switzerland.
1718 France declared war on Spain.
1768 Philip Astley staged the world's first modern circus in London, England.
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.
1799 British Prime Minister William Pitt introduced income taxes to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.
1811 The first women's golf tournament was held.
1812 Swedish Pomerania was seized by Napoleon.
first commercial bank in San Francisco, California, was
1855 The clipper Guiding Star, with 480 persons aboard, disappeared in the Atlantic.
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.
1863 The Battle of Arkansas Post (Arkansas) began.
1866 Fisk University was established.
1870 Joseph Strauss, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge, was born.
1873 Emperor Napoleon III of France died.
1878 John Broadus Watson, founder of
behavioral psychology, was born.
1879 Dull Knife led Cheyenne prisoners in a revolt at Fort Robinson.
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 in South Dakota.
1908 Muir Woods National Monument was established in California.
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.
1927 Fire in the Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, Canada, killed 78 children.
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.
1945 U.S. forces invaded the Philippines.
1950 Musician David Johansen, aka Buster Poindexter, was born.
After Tomorrow, the first film ever to receive an
"X" rating, premiered.
1953 The Korean ferryboat Chang Tyong-Ho sank off Pusan, killing 249 persons.
1955 Actor J.K. Simmons was born.
1956 The first Abigail Van Buren-penned "Dear Abby" column appeared.
1959 A hydroelectric dam
on the shore of Lake Sanabria in northwestern Spain
collapsed, causing the deaths of 132 persons.
1960 Construction of the Aswan Dam began.
1964 An Argentine airlines DC-3 caught fire in flight and crashed in Zárate, Argentina, killing 28 of the 31 persons aboard.
1967 The NFL team in New
Orleans adopted 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 the Moon.
1975 Clara Stover, co-founder of Russell Stover Candies, died.
Commonwealth of Northern Marianas was established.
1979 The Boston Bruins retired Bobby Orr's #4 jersey.
1982 Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of Great Britain, was born.
1984 "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" premiered on NBC-TV.
1985 The Calgary Flames set an NHL record of 264 regular season games without being shut-out.
1986 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak was forced to give up its instant camera line.
1991 Major League Baseball officially banned Pete Rose from ever being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 A worker accidentally cut electrical wires at Newark (New Jersey) Airport.
1998 Anatoly Solovyov and Pavel Vinogradov set a spacewalk record of 3 hours 8 minutes.
2001 Apple announced iTunes as the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, California.
2007 Apple announced the iPhone.
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