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1793 King Louis XVI of France was
Explorer John C. Frémont was born.
Horace Wells, the first to use nitrous oxide as a
surgical anesthetic, was born.
American Civil War General Thomas Jonathan
Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, was born.
The envelope-folding machine was patented
by Russell Hawes.
Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties
Union, was born.
1887 The Amateur
Athletic Union was formed.
designer Christian Dior was born.
1908 New York
City enacted a law making it illegal for women to
smoke in public.
International was founded.
1919 Sinn Fein
created its own Free Irish parliament.
1921 The Italian
Communist Party was founded at Livorno.
Benny Hill was born.
declared itself a republic.
George W. Goethals, engineer who oversaw construction of the
Panama Canal, died.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, founder of the Soviet Communist Party,
Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès died.
Disc jockey Robert Weston Smith, aka Wolfman
Jack, was born.
Golfer Jack Nicklaus was born.
The first commercial extraction of
magnesium from seawater was accomplished at
1941 Singer Placido Domingo was
1942 Singer Mac
Davis was born.
1942 Musician Edwin Starr was
Hungary declared war on Germany.
Actress Jill Eickenberry was born.
The inaugural parade for Harry S. Truman became
the first to be televised.
Alger Hiss was convicted of two
counts of perjury.
1950 Singer Billy Ocean was
1950 Author George Orwell died.
Actress Kirstie Alley was born.
1953 Paul Allen,
co-founder Microsoft, was born.
The Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered ship in the
world, was launched.
Actress Geena Davis was born.
The largest U.S.-built oil tanker, World Beauty, was
Film director Cecil B. DeMille died.
Basketball player Hakeem Olajuwan was born.
"Alias Smith and Jones" premiered on
The first commercial flight of the Concorde took off (and landed).
1977 U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardoned
almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
Jackie Wilson died.
1997 Colonel Tom
Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, died.
1998 Actor Jack
Peggy Lee died.
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