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King Louis XVI1793 King Louis XVI of France was executed.

John C. Fremont1813 Explorer John C. Frémont was born.

1815 Horace Wells, the first to use nitrous oxide as a surgical anesthetic, was born.

Stonewall Jackson1824 American Civil War General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was born.

1829 Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, was born.

1853 The envelope-folding machine was patented by Russell Hawes.

1884 Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, was born.

1887 The Amateur Athletic Union was formed.

1905 Fashion designer Christian Dior was born.

1908 New York City enacted a law making it illegal for women to smoke in public.

1915 Kiwanis International was founded.

1919 Sinn Fein created its own Free Irish parliament.

1921 The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno.

1924 Comedian Benny Hill was born.

1925 Albania declared itself a republic.

George Goethals1928 George W. Goethals, engineer who oversaw construction of the Panama Canal, died.

Vladimir Lenin1924 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, founder of the Soviet Communist Party, died.

Georges Melies1938 Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès died.

1939 Disc jockey Robert Weston Smith, aka Wolfman Jack, was born.

1940 Golfer Jack Nicklaus was born.

1941 The first commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater was accomplished at Freeport, Texas.
1941 Singer Placido Domingo was born.

1942 Singer Mac Davis was born.
1942 Musician Edwin Starr was born.

1945 Hungary declared war on Germany.

1947 Actress Jill Eickenberry was born.

1949 The inaugural parade for Harry S. Truman became the first to be televised.

Alger Hiss1950 Alger Hiss was convicted of two counts of perjury.
1950 Singer Billy Ocean was born.
1950 Author George Orwell died.

Kirstie Alley1951 Actress Kirstie Alley was born.

1953 Paul Allen, co-founder Microsoft, was born.

Nautilus1954 The Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered ship in the world, was launched.

1956 Actress Geena Davis was born.

World Beauty1957 The largest U.S.-built oil tanker, World Beauty, was launched.

1959 Film director Cecil B. DeMille died.

1963 Basketball player Hakeem Olajuwan was born.

1971 "Alias Smith and Jones" premiered on ABC-TV.

Concorde1976 The first commercial flight of the Concorde took off (and landed).

1977 U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

1984 Singer Jackie Wilson died.

1997 Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, died.

1998 Actor Jack Lord died.

2002 Singer Peggy Lee died.

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