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Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded
The French Revolution began when Parisian
citizens stormed the Bastille.
The first direct U.S. tax on dwellings, land and
slaves was implemented.
1798 The Sedition Act,
prohibiting "false, scandalous and
malicious" writing against the U.S.
government, was passed.
Opium was exempted from federal tariff duties.
1834 Painter James Abbott McNeil
Whistler was born.
The first public demonstration of ice made by
refrigeration was conducted.
New Zealand held its first general election.
Frederick L. Maytag, founder of Maytag
Corporation, was born.
The Battle of Falling Waters (Maryland) was
Gold was discovered at Helena, Montana.
The Matterhorn was ascended for the first time.
Arthur Capper, publisher and
U.S. Senator, was born.
A tape measure enclosed in a circular case was
patented by A.J. Fellows.
Billy the Kid was gunned down by Pat Garrett.
John T. Smith patented corkboard.
1904 Playwright Anton Pavlovich
1907 Chemist William Henry Perkin died.
William Hanna was born.
Folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie was born.
1913 Gerald Rudolph Ford, 38th President of the United States,
Robert Goddard received a patent for a rocket fueled
by gasoline and liquid nitrous oxide.
Film director Ingmar Bergman was born.
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were
convicted of killing their shoe company's
Actress Polly Bergen was born.
Lithuania became the Lithuanian SSR.
The battleship USS South Dakota
became the first U.S. ship to bombard Japan.
Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby
& Child Care was published.
1949 The Soviet
Union exploded its first atom bomb.
Washington Carver National Monument was
Iraqi Army officers overthrew the monarchy of King
Faisal; the king, Crown Prince Abdul Illah, and
Premier Nuri as Said were killed.
The U.S. Navy launched the first nuclear-powered
surface vessel, Long Beach, at Quincy,
Mariner IV flew by Mars.
1965 American politician Adlai
Richard Speck raped and killed 8
nurses in a Chicago dormitory.
Congressman Patrick Joseph Kennedy was born.
1969 The United
States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills
were officially withdrawn from circulation.
1977 The U.S.
House of Representatives established a permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence.
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