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Ferdinand V1516 King Ferdinand V of Spain died.

1570 The Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, was assassinated.

1622 Explorer William Baffin died.

Charles I1647 Scottish Presbyterians sold captured Charles I to the English Parliament.

Liechtenstein1719 The Principality of Liechtenstein was established.

1737 John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.

John Sullivan1795 Revolutionary War General John Sullivan died.

Arthur Guinness1803 Brewer Arthur Guinness died.

1806 British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger died.

1832 Painter Edouard Manet was born.

1849 Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson received a patent for an envelope-making machine.
Elizabeth Blackwell1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.

1855 Gun designer John Browning was born.

1898 Actor Randolph Scott was born.

Edward MacDowell1908 Composer Edward MacDowell died.

Potter Stewart1915 Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born.

Gertrude Belle Elion1918 Pharmaceutical chemist Gertrude Belle Elion was born.

1919 Comedian Ernie Kovacs was born.

1922 The first human trial of "manufactured" insulin was conducted.

Clyde Tombaugh1930 Clyde Tombaugh photographed Pluto.
1930
George Washington Birthplace National Monument was established.
William Pogue1930 Astronaut William Pogue was born.

1933 The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, setting January 20 as the date for presidential inaugurations, was ratified.

1943 Actor Gil Gerard was born.

1944 Guitarist Johnny Winter was born.

1950 Israel designated Jerusalem as its official capital.
1950 Actor Richard Dean Anderson was born.

Princess Caroline1957 Princess Caroline of Monaco was born.

Piccard and Walsh1960 Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh reached the bottom of Challenger Deep in the bathyscape Trieste.

1961 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities and states have the right to censor films.

1964 The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, barring poll taxes in federal elections, was ratified.
1964 Actress Mariska Hargitay was born.

1975 "Barney Miller" premiered on ABC-TV.

1976 Singer Paul Robeson died.

1977 "Roots" premiered on ABC-TV.

1983 "The A-Team" premiered on NBC-TV.

1985 Debates in Britain's House of Lords were televised for the first time.

1986 Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley became the first inductees into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.

1989 Painter Salvador Dali died.

1991 "Seinfeld" premiered on NBC-TV.

1996 The first version of the Java programming language was released.

Hilla Limann1998 Hilla Limann, former President of Ghana, died.

Pioneer 102003 The last signal to Earth was received from Pioneer 10.
2003 Actress Nell Carter died.

2004 Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo, died.

2005 Talk show host Johnny Carson died.

2011 Fitness guru Jack La Lanne died.

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