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1276 Pope Gregory X died.

Ethan Allen1737 Revolutionary hero Ethan Allen was born.

1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

Carolus Linnaeus1778 Carolus Linnaeus, developer of the "genus-species" system of animal classification, died.

State Department1781 The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the Continental Congress.

Josephine Bonaparte1810 Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Josephine.

John Alexander Macdonald1815 John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

1843 Bank robber Frank James was born.

1850 Architect John W. Root was born.

1861 Florida became the 3rd state to secede from the Union.

Samuel Colt1862 Industrialist Samuel Colt died.

Lyman Beecher1863 Presbyterian preacher Lyman Beecher died.

Gregory Rasputin1869 Russian mystic Gregory Rasputin was born.

1870 John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

1883 Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg, died.

1901 The first great oil strike in Texas occurred.

Ray Bolger1904 Actor Ray Bolger was born.

Buffalo Bill Cody1917 William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody, buffalo hunter and hero of Western novels, died.

1920 The League of Nations was established.

Shigenobu Okuma1922 Shigenobu Okuma, two-time Prime Minister of Japan, died.

1930 Businessman Roy E. Disney was born.

1939 Singer Scott McKenzie was born.
1939 Actor Sal Mineo was born.

Jim Croce1943 Singer Jim Croce was born.

1944 Singer Frank Sinatra, Jr., was born.

1945 Singer Rod Stewart was born.

1946 The first United Nations General Assembly met for the first time, in London.

1949 RCA introduced the 45 RPM record.
George Foreman1949 George Edward Foreman, two-time Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, was born.

1951 The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, opened.
1951 Author Sinclair Lewis died.

1953 Singer Pat Benatar was born.
1953 Auto racer Bobby Rahal was born.

1956 Elvis Presley recorded "Heartbreak Hotel."

1957 Poet T.S. Eliot married Valerie Fletcher, his secretary, in London, England.

1958 Auto racer Eddie Cheever was born.

1961 Author Dashiell Hammett died.

1971 Fashion designer Coco Chanel died.

1980 The last new episode of "Rockford Files" aired on NBC-TV.
1980 George Meany, long-time president of the AFL-CIO, died.

1982 Comedian Paul Lynde died.

1984 The first Wendy's commercial featuring Clara Peller asking "where's the beef?" aired.

2016 Singer David Bowie died.

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