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1671 Pirate Henry Morgan captured Panama.

1777 San Jose, California, was founded.

James Cook1778 Captain James Cook discovered the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands.

Peter Mark Roget1779 Author Peter Mark Roget was born.

Daniel Webster1782 Daniel Webster, U.S. Representative, Senator, and Secretary of State, was born.

King Louis XVI1793 King Louis XVI of France was found guilty of treason.

Joseph Glidden1813 Inventor Joseph Glidden was born.

John Tyler1862 John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, died.

Otto von Bismarck1871 Otto von Bismarck was proclaimed the first Chancellor of Germany.

A.A. Milne1882 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.

Danny Kaye1913 Entertainer Danny Kaye was born.

1919 The Versailles Peace Conference opened.
1919 Bentley Motors Limited was founded.

1927 Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, died.

Maria de Lurdes Pintassilgo1930 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.

1941 Singer Bobby Goldsboro was born.
1941 Singer David Ruffin 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.
Lumbee Raid the Ku Klux Klan18 Lumbee Indians raided a Ku Klux Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina.

Federation of South Africa1963 Several British colonies on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula were combined into the Federation of South Arabia.
Rudyard Kipling1936 Author Rudyard Kipling died.

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.

Sargent Shriver2011 Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, died.

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