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John Winthrop1588 Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was born.

Charles Perrault1628 Author Charles Perrault was born.

Edmund Burke1729 Edmund Burke, British statesman, orator, and political writer, was born.

1737 John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.

Johann Heinrich Pestalozi1746 Educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was born.

1773 The first public museum in the United States was established in Charleston, South Carolina.

1812 The first steam-powered cargo ship arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana.

1816 France decreed the Bonaparte family excluded from France forever.

1822 Inventor Étienne Lenoir was born.

1834 William Wyndham Grenville, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, died.

1839 Anthracite coal was used to smelt iron for the first time, at Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre1852 Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army during World War I, was born.

John Singer Sargent1856 Painter John Singer Sargent was born.

1876 Novelist Jack London was born.

1880 Ellen Arthur, wife of President Chester Alan Arthur, died.

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson1890 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, president of Howard University, was born.

1893 Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo, was born.

1896 Dr. Henry Smith took the first x-ray photograph in the United States.

Hiram Walker1899 Distillery founder Hiram Walker died.

King Saud1902 King Saud of Saudi Arabia was born.

1905 Musician Tex Ritter was born.

1906 The Dow Jones closed above 100 for the first time in history.

1915 The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

1916 P.W. Botha, President of South Africa, was born.

1917 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, transcendental meditation guru, was born.

1925 Katherine MacGregor was born.

1926 Musician Ray Price was born.

1930 Singer Glenn Yarbrough was born.

Hattie W. Caraway1932 Hattie W. Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman U.S. Senator when she was elected to fill the remaining term of her late husband, Senator Thaddeus Caraway.

1935 Amazing Kreskin, magician/mentalist, was born.

1937 Actress Shirley Eaton was born.
1937 Émile Lahoud, President of Lebanon, was born.

1942 The National War Labor Board was created.

1943 Frankfurters were replaced by "Victory Sausages" (a mix of meat and soy meal) in the United States.
1943 Actor Richard Moll was born.

Joe Frazier1944 Boxer Joe Frazier was born.

1945 German forces in Belgium were forced to retreat during the Battle of the Bulge.

1947Fottball player Tom Dempsey was born.

Mohandas Gandhi1948 Mohandas Gandhi began his final fast.
1948 The first supermarket in Great Britain opened for business.
1948 Actor Anthony Andrews was born.

Kirstie Alley1951 Actress Kirstie Alley was born.
1951 Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was born.

1952 The University of Tennessee admitted its first black student.
1952 Singer Ricky Van Shelton was born.

1954 Radio personality Howard Stern was born.

1957 Film director John Lasseter was born.

1958 The NCAA added the 2-point conversion to football scoring.
1958 Television news reporter Christiane Amanpour was born.

1960 Actor Oliver Platt was born.
1960 Basketball player Dominique Wilkins was born.

1961 W.D. Thompson made the first flight of the experimental wing Cessna 210A.

1964 Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, was born.

1965 Singer Rob Zombie was born.

Biafra1970 The civil war between Nigeria and the break-away republic of Biafra ended with the surrender of Biafra to Nigeria.

1973 Football player Turk Edwards died.

1976 Author Agatha Christie died.

1979 Kenneth Bianchi, the notorious "Hillside Strangler" of Los Angeles, was arrested in Bellingham, California.
1979 A record blizzard struck the Midwest, killing more than 100.

1988 Actor Andrew Lawrence was born.

1993 Singer Zayn Malik was born.

2001 Businessman William Hewlett died.

2002 Cyrus Vance, former U.S. Secretary of State, died.

2003 Musician Maurice Gibb died.

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