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1662 The first American lime kiln began operation in Providence, Rhode Island.

1756 Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart was born.

1785 The first state university in the United States was chartered in Athens, Georgia.

Samuel Hood1816 British Admiral Samuel Hood died.

1825 The U.S. Congress approved the establishment of Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.

1832 Author Lewis Carroll was born.

Samuel Gompers1850 American labor leader Samuel Gompers was born.

John James Audubon1851 Ornithologist and painter John James Audubon died.

1854 The Canadian Great Western Railway started operating.

1857 American politician Preston Brooks died.

Wilhelm II1859 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany was born.

1870 The first sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, was established at DePauw University.
1870 Virginia was readmitted to the Union.
1870 Manitoba and the Northwest Territories were incorporated.

Thomas Edison1880 Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent light.

1885 Composer Jerome Kern was born.

1894 The University of Chicago beat Chicago YMCA 19-11 in the first ever college basketball game.

Georgia Neese Clark Gray1900 Georgia Neese Clark Gray, the first woman Treasurer of the United States, was born.
1900 U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover was born.

1901 Composer Giuseppe Verdi died.

1909 The Young Left was founded in Norway.

1915 U.S. Marines occupied Haiti.

1921 Actress Donna Reed was born.

1922 Journalist Nellie Bly died.

1926 The U.S. Senate voted in favor of the United States joining the World Court.

1930 Singer Bobby Bland was born.

1945 Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was born.

1948 Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov was born.

1956 Elvis Presley released "Heartbreak Hotel."

Oswaldo Aranha1960 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician and diplomat, died.

1961 "Sing Along with Mitch" premiered on NBC-TV.

1964 Introducing the Beatles was released in the United States.
1964 Actress Bridget Fonda was born.

1965 The first ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite was completed.

Fire Kills Three Apollo Astronauts1967 A flash fire inside an Apollo spacecraft killed astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee during a test at Cape Kennedy.
1967 The Beatles signed a 9-year worldwide contract with EMI records.
1967 The New Orleans Saints signed their first player, Paige Cothren (kicker).
1967 A treaty banning military use of nuclear weapons in space was signed.

1972 Singer Mahalia Jackson died.

1973 The United States and North Vietnam signed a cease-fire.

1976 "Laverne and Shirley" premiered on ABC-TV.

1977 "Roots" premiered on ABC-TV.

1984 Michael Jackson suffered burns during filming of a Pepsi commercial.

1993 Wrestler André the Giant died.

1994 Actor Claude Akins died.

Ralph Yarborough1996 Ralph Webster Yarborough, former U.S. Senator from Texas, died.

2004 Talk show host Jack Paar died.

2008 Gordon Hinckley, president of the Mormon Church, died.

2009 Author John Updike died.

2010 Author J.D. Salinger died.

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