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Caligula41 Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated.

Hadrian76 Roman Emperor Hadrian was born.

772 Pope Stephen III died.

817 Pope Stephen IV died.

1118 Giovanni Caetani was elected Pope Gelasius II.

1458Matthias I Corvinus was chosen King of Hungary.

Acoma Revolt/Massacre1599 A "revolt" by Indians in New Mexico was crushed by the Spanish.

1639 Connecticut Colony was organized.

King Charles II1679 King Charles II disbanded the English Parliament.

1712 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, was born.

George III1820 King George III of Great Britain died.

California Gold Rush1848 Gold was discovered in California.
1848 Horace Wells, the first to demonstrate the use of ether as a surgical anaesthetic, died.

University of Calcutta1857 The University of Calcutta was formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.

1862 Author Edith Wharton was born.

1892 French missionaries attacked British missionaries at Mengo, Uganda.

1899 Rubber heels for boots and/or shoes were patented by Humphrey O' Sullivan.
899 Hoyt Vandenberg, United States Air Force Chief of Staff, was born.

1908 Robert Baden-Powell published Scouting for Boys.

1917 Actor Ernest Borgnine was born.

1918 Evangelist Oral Roberts was born.

Eskimo Pie1920 The Eskimo Pie was patented.

1922 Lehman Caves National Monument was established in Nevada.

1923 Aztec Ruins National Monument was established in New Mexico.

1924 St. Petersburg, Russia, was renamed Leningrad.

Rebecca Felton1930 Rebecca Latimer Felton, the first woman ever sworn in as a U.S. Senator, died.

1935 Krueger Brewing Company introduced the world's first canned beer, "Krueger's Cream Ale."

1939 An earthquake killed about 30,000 people in Concepcion, Chile.
Singer Ray Stevens was born.

1940 The film The Grapes of Wrath was released.

1941 British troops marched into Abyssinia.
Singer Neil Diamond was born.
1941 Singer Aaron Neville was born.

1943 Actress Sharon Tate was born.

1948 The film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was released.

1949 Actor John Belushi was born.

1951 Comedian Yakov Smirnoff was born.

Algeria1960 General Maurice Challe, supreme French commander in Algeria, declared a state of siege in Algiers.

1962 Twenty-eight East Germans successfully staged the largest mass escape into West Berlin since the 1961 border closing.

Winston Churchill1965 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, died.

1966 An Air India Boeing 707 crashed into Mont Blanc, France, killing 117 persons.

1968 Gymnast Mary Lou Retton was born.

1969 The government of Spain placed the country under a state of emergency.

1971 Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. died.

1975 Larry Fine, of the Three Stooges, died.

Cosmos 9541978 Fragments of Cosmos 954, a five-ton Soviet reconnaissance satellite, fell in a remote area of Canada's Northwest Territories after breaking up in the atnosphere.

1982 The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 to win Super Bowl XVI.

1984 Apple Computer unveiled its Macintosh personal computer.

Voyager1986 Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Uranus.
1986 L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, died.

1989 Serial killer Ted Bundy was executed.

1990 The 14th Commonwealth Games opened in Auckland, New Zealand.

1993 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died.

2003 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially began operation.

2011 A bombing at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia, killed at least 35 and injured 180.

2012 Actor James Farentino died.

2013 A bus crash in Taperas, Brazil, killed 17 persons and injured 34.

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