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1497 Vasco da Gama set sail from
Lisbon, Portugal, on what would become the first
sea voyage from Europe to India.
Gregory XV died.
1663 King Charles II of England
granted a charter to Rhode Island.
1693 New York
City authorized the first police uniforms in the
Physicist Christiaan Huygens died.
Elihu Yale died.
John Nixon gave the first public reading of the
Decaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
became the first U.S. state to outlaw slavery.
1796 The U.S.
State Department issued the first U.S. passport.
Benjamin Waterhouse gave the first cowpox
vaccination to his son to prevent smallpox.
1822 Poet Percy
Bysshe Shelley died.
The Liberty Bell cracked.
Eli Lilly was born.
1838 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, inventor of the rigid dirigible, was
Businessman John D. Rockefeller was born.
"Wild West" figure Virgil Earp was
Commodore Matthew C. Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay.
Charles E. Barnes patented the machine gun.
The Sepoy Rebellion in India officially ended.
Odore R. Timby patented the revolving gun
1870 The U.S.
Congress authorized the registration of
John R. Brinkley, "the goat gland doctor," was
The first issue of Wall Street Journal
The American Psychological Association was
organized in Worcester, Masschusetts.
1896 William Jennings
Bryan gave his
"Cross of Gold" speech before the
Democratic National Convention.
Skagway, Alaska, crime boss Soapy Smith was shot
1898 Author Alec Waugh was born.
Composer George Antheil was born.
Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first
`Follies' on a New York City theater roof.
1908 Nelson Rockefeller, American businessman and politician,
1923 Warren Harding became the first sitting President to
Roone Arledge, creator of Wide World of
Sports, was born.
Singer Jerry Vale was born.
The Public Works Administration went into effect.
1933 Comedian Marty Feldman was
Singer Steve Lawrence was born.
U.S. Senator Phil Gramm was born.
Actress Kim Darby was born.
General Douglas MacArthur was named Commander-In-Chief of United
Nations forces in Korea.
Actress Anjelica Huston was born.
Actor Kevin Bacon was born.
Singer Toby Keith was born.
The United States banned all financial
transactions with Cuba.
1967 The American Independent
Party was organized in
1967 Actress Vivien Leigh died.
Voyager 2 took the first ever
photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea.
Admiral Hyman Rickover died.
1994 Actor Dick
1994 North Korean leader Kim Il
"Pete" Conrad, Jr., died.
Space Shuttle Atlantis was
launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space
Ernest Borgnine died.
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