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1362 Agreatstorm tide in the North Sea destroyed the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt.
1412 The Medici family was appointed official banker of the Papacy.
1547 Ivan IV crowned himself the first Tsar of Moscow.
1556 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V appointed his son, Philip II, King of Spain.
1581 The English Parliament passed laws against Catholicism.
1599 Poet Edmund Spenser died.
1702 French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville founded what is now Mobile, Alabama.
1707 The Act of Union was ratified by the Scottish Parliament.
1761 The British captured Pondicherry, India, from the French.
1776 The Continental Congress approved enlistment of free blacks.
1777 Vermont declared itself independent from New York.
1780 A British fleet under Admiral Sir George Romney defeated a Spanish squadron under Don Juan de Lángara.
1793 French King Louis XVI was sentenced to death by the National Convention.
1794 Historian Edward Gibbon died.
1809 The British defeated the French at the Battle of Corunna.
1847 John C. Fremont was appointed Governor of California Territory.
1868 The refrigerator car was patented by William Davis.
1870 Virginia became the 8th state to be readmitted to the United States.
1874 Poet Robert W. Service was born.
1877 The color organ (for light shows) was patented by Bainbridge Bishop.
1879 Educator William M. Jardine was born.
1883 The Civil Service system of the United States was established.
1900 The United States gained control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands.
1906 Businessman Marshall Field died.
1908 Pinnacles National Monument was
created in California.
1910 Baseball player Dizzy Dean was born.
1913 The British House of Commons accepted Home-Rule for Ireland.
1917 U.S. Admiral George Dewey died.
1919 The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, was ratified.
1920 The first assembly of the League of Nations was held in Paris, France.
1924 The government of British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin resigned.
1932 Anthropologist Dian Fossey was born.
1934 Singer Marilyn Horne was born.
1935 Auto racer A. J. Foyt was born.
1936 The Screen Actors Guild was
1939 The daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuted.
1942 Actress Carole Lombard died.
1943 Singer Ronnie Milsap was born.
1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Invasion Force.
1948 Film director John Carpenter was born.
1961 Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid active baseball player when he signed a $75,000 contract with the New York Yankees.
1964 John Glenn, the first American to orbit
the Earth, resigned from NASA.
1965 The last episode of "Outer Limits" aired on ABC-TV.
McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois,
was destroyed by fire.
1968 The Youth International Party was founded.
1969 The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4
and 5 docked in space and two cosmonauts
"walked" from one craft to the other.
1972 The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI.
1973 The last episode of "Bonanza" aired on NBC-TV.
1974 A landslide killed 9 persons in
1976 "Donny and Marie"
variety show debuted on ABC-TV.
1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran was ousted
from power and went into self-imposed exile.
1980 Baseball player Albert Pujols was born.
1988 Jimmy "the Greek"
Snyder was fired by CBS for making racial remarks.
1992 The Chapultepec Peace Accords were signed in Mexico City, Mexico, ending the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War.
1995 The Universal-Paramount Network (UPN) began broadcasting.
2001 Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila was assassinated by one of his bodyguards.
2005 Former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang died.
2006 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as President of Liberia.
2007 Actor Ron Carey died.
2009 Painter Andrew Wyeth died.
2013 Three car bombs exploded in
Idlib Governate, Syria, killing 24 persons.
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