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1494 Florentine painter and mosaicist Domenico Ghirlandaio died.

1596 The first recorded lottery in England was drawn in St. Paul's Cathedral.

Alexander Hamilton1757 American statesman Alexander Hamilton was born.

1759 The first American life insurance company was incorporated, in Philadelphia.

Ezra Cornell1807 Ezra Cornell, founder of Western Union and Cornell University, was born.

Bayard Taylor1824 Bayard Taylor, journalist, traveler, poet and lecturer, was born.

William James1842 Philosopher and religious scholar William James was born.

1843 Poet Francis Scott Key died.

1861 Alabama seceded from the Union.

1863 Union forces captured Arkansas Post, Arkansas.

1864 Charing Cross Station opened in London.

Clarina Irene Howard Nichols1865 Clarina Irene Howard Nichols, woman's suffrage advocate, was born.

Gail Borden Jr.1874 Gail Borden, Jr., inventor of condensed milk, died.

1897 Writer Bernard DeVoto was born.

1911 Actor George Benson was born.

1923 King Constantine I of Greece died.

1946 Enver Hoxha declared the People's Republic of Albania, with himself as dictator.
1946 Singer Naomi Judd was born.

1960 Chad declared its independence from France.

1963 The Whisky-A-Go-Go* opened in Los Angeles.

1966 "Daktari" premiered on CBS-TV.

Intelsat1967 Lani Bird, the second in the second series of Intelsat satellites, was launched from Cape Kennedy.

1971 Singer Mary J. Blige was born.

Bangladesh1972 East Pakistan became the independent state of Bangladesh.

1973 The American League adopted the designated hitter rule.

1974 The last new episode of "Love, American Style" aired on ABC-TV.

1979 Actor Jack Soo died.

1988 World War II aviator Pappy Boyington died.

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