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Henry VIII1535 Henry VIII declared himself head of the English Church.

Queen Elizabeth1559 England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1622 French dramatist Molière was born.

1759 The British Museum opened.

1777 The people of New Connecticut (Vermont) declared their independence from Britain.

1780 The Continental Congress established the U.S. Court of Appeals.

1831 The first U.S.-built locomotive to pull a passenger train made its first run.

1832 Author Horatio Alger was born.

Notre Dame1844 The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

Elisha Otis1861 Elisha Otis patented the "safety" elevator.

1863 The Boston Morning Journal became the U.S. newspaper to be printed on wood-pulp paper.

1870 The donkey was first used as the symbol of the Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly.

1892 Rules for the game of basketball were first published in Triangle Magazine, in Massachusetts.

Matthew Brady1896 Mathew B. Brady, portrait and Civil War photographer, died.

Edward Teller1908 Physicist Edward Teller was born.

Fannie Farmer1915 Fannie Merritt Farmer, author of the first cookbook to use standardized measurements, died.

Gamal Abdel Nasser1918 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was born.

1919 A storage silo burst in Boston, Massachusetts, unleashing a two million-gallon "tidal wave" of molasses and killing 21 people.

1922 The Irish Free State was established.

1929 Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was born.

1936 The Ford Foundation was incorporated.

1937 Actress Margaret O'Brien was born.

1941 Singer Don Van Vliet was born.

Pentagon1943 Construction work was completed on the Pentagon.
1943 American forces drove the Japanese off Guadalcanal.

1944 The European Advisory Commission decided to divide Germany.

1947 The mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot.
1947
Actress Andrea Martin was born.

1951 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest.

1957 Mario Van Peebles, actor-director, was born.

1964 The Teamsters Union negotiated its first national labor contract.

1965 Actor James Nesbitt was born.

1967 The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the first ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
1967
Singer Lisa Lisa was born.

1968 Actor Chad Lowe was born.

Republic of Biafra1970 The Republic of Biafra was officially disbanded.

1971 Actress Regina King was born.

Richard Nixon's Administration1973 President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam.
Watergate1973 Four Watergate burglars pled guilty in federal court.

1974 An expert panel reported an 18½-minute gap in a Watergate tape.

1978 Two students at Florida State University in Tallahassee were murdered in their sorority house.
1978
Actor Eddie Cahill was born.

1991 A United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait passed without Iraqi compliance.

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