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1585 The Treaty of Nemours abolished tolerance to Protestants in France.
1647 Preacher Thomas Hooker died.
1752 Joseph-Marie Jacquard, inventor of an improved textile loom, was born.
1754 Kings College (now Columbia University) opened.
1846 The United States annexed California.
1860 Composer Gustav Mahler was born.
1862 The Land Grant Act, endowing state colleges with federal land, was enacted.
1863 The first U.S. military draft was implemented.
1865 Four persons convicted of conspiracy in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged.
1879 Painter George Caleb Bingham died.
1887 Artist Marc Chagall was born.
1891 The travelers cheque was patented.
1894 Federal troops fired into a crowd of striking railroad workers in Chicago, killing at least a dozen.
1898 President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States.
1907 Author Robert A. Heinlein was born.
1911 Opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti was born.
1914 Robert Goddard received a patent for a multi-stage rocket.
1927 Band leader Doc Severinsen was born.
1928 Actor Vince Edwards was born.
1930 Author Arthur Conan Doyle died.
1931 Author David Eddings was born.
1937 Japan invaded China.
1940 Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was born.
1946 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American to be canonized.
1948 Satchel Paige became the first Negro pitcher in the American League when he was signed by the Cleveland Indians.
"Dragnet" premiered on NBC Radio.
1958 U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill offering statehood to Alaska.
1960 Hugh Hammond Bennett, the "father of soil conservation," died.
1965 Moshe Sharett, the first Foreign Minister of Israel, died.
1967 Actress Vivian Leigh died.
1968 Actress Jorja Fox was born.
1972 Actress Kirsten Vangsness was born.
1980 Figure skater Michelle Kwan was born.
1983 A Learjet Model 55 set a sustained altitude record of 52,000 feet.
1990 TV game show host Bill Cullen died.
1995 The Space Shuttle Atlantis completed its joint mission with the Russian Space Station Mir.
2006 Musician Syd Barrett died.
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