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1671 Pirate Henry Morgan captured Panama.
1777 San Jose, California, was founded.
1778 Captain James Cook discovered the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands.
1779 Author Peter Mark Roget was born.
1782 Daniel Webster, U.S. Representative, Senator, and Secretary of State, was born.
1793 King Louis XVI of France was found guilty of treason.
1813 Inventor Joseph Glidden was born.
1862 John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, died.
1871 Otto von Bismarck was proclaimed the first Chancellor of Germany.
1882 Playwright and author Alan Alexander Milne was born.
1886 Modern field hockey was born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
1892 Oliver Hardy, half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, was born.
1896 The first demonstration of an X-ray machine in the United States was given in New York City.
1904 Actor Cary Grant was born.
1913 Entertainer Danny Kaye was born.
Versailles Peace Conference opened.
1927 Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, died.
1930 Maria de Lurdes Pintassilgo, Prime Minister of Portugal, was born.
1933 White Sands National Monument was created in New Mexico.
1937 Irish politician John Hume was born.
Singer Bobby Goldsboro was born.
1943 The United States banned presliced bread to reduce bakery demand for metal parts.
1945 Warsaw, Poland, was liberated by the Soviet Army.
1951 The NFL ruled tackles, guards, and centers ineligible to receive a forward pass.
1952 Curly Howard, one of the original Three Stooges, died.
1955 Actor Kevin Costner was born.
1958 William O'Ree
became the first black player in the National Hockey
League, with the Boston Bruins.
1969 Actor Jesse L. Martin was born.
1974 "Six-Million Dollar Man" premiered on ABC-TV.
1975 "Jeffersons" premiered on CBS-TV.
1991 Eastern Air Lines went out of business.
2003 Actor Richard Crenna died.
2008 Bobby Fischer, chess grandmaster, died.
2011 Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, died.
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