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Charlemagne814 Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor, died.

1457 King Henry VII of England was born.

1521 Emperor Charles V opened the Diet of Worms.

Henry VIII1547 King Henry VIII of England died.

1600 Pope Clement IX was born.

1621 Pope Paul V died.

1724 The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded (as the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences).

1820 A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev became the first to sight mainland Antarctica.

1822 Alexander Mackenzie, Canadian Prime Minister, was born.

1841 Explorer Henry Morton Stanley was born.

1851 Northwestern University was chartered.

Jose Marti1853 Cuban freedom fighter Josť Marti was born.

Eugene DuBois1858 Anatomist/anthropologist Eugene DuBois was born.

1878 The first telephone exchange began operating in New Haven, Connecticut.
1878
George W. Coy was hired as the first full-time telephone operator.
1878 The Yale Daily News, the first daily college newspaper, began publication.

1881 Author Fyodor Dostoevsky died.

1884 Balloonists Auguste and Jean Piccard were born.

1887 Pianist Artur Rubinstein was born.

Robert Stroud1890 Robert Stroud, subject of the movie Birdman of Alcatraz, was born.

1902 The Carnegie Foundation was founded.
1912 Painter Jackson Pollock was born.

1914 Beverly Hills, California, was incorporated.

1915 The U.S. Coast Guard was created.

John McRae1918 John McCrae, author of "In Flanders Fields," died.

Arc de Triomphe1921 The French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed under the Arc de Triomphe.

1922 The American Pro Football Association was renamed National Football League.

1930 The Chrysler Building was completed in New York City.

1932 Wisconsin enacted the first state unemployment insurance act.

Alan Alda1936 Actor Alan Alda was born.

William Butler Yeats1939 Poet/playwright William Butler Yeats died.

1956 Elvis Presley made his first ever national television appearance, on the musical variety program Stage Show singing "Heartbreak Hotel."

1958 Legos were patented.
Roy Campanella1958 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella was seriously injured in an automobile accident.

Minnesota Vikings1960 The Minnesota Vikings were founded.

Republic of Rwanda1961 The Republic of Rwanda was proclaimed.

1973 "Barnaby Jones" premiered on CBS-TV.

1978 "Fantasy Island" premiered on ABC-TV.

1985 "We Are the World" was recorded by USA For Africa.

1986 The Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded soon after liftoff.

1991 Football player Red Grange died.

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