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1573 Architect Inigo Jones was born.

1606 Rembrandt, Dutch artist, was born.

1662 The Royal Society was chartered.

1742 Spain ceded the colony of Georgia to the British.

Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy1783 Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Indian businessman and philanthropist, was born.

1779 American troops under General Anthony Wayne captured Fort Stony Point, New York.

Sylvester Graham1794 Sylvester Graham, inventor of graham flour, was born.

1796 Author Thomas Bulfinch was born.

1799 The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard.

Zebulon Pike1806 Zebulon Pike embarked on an exploration of the American West and Southwest.

Napoleon Bonaparte1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to Captain Frederick Maitland of HMS Bellerophon at Rochefort.

1840 Great Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia signed the Quadruple Alliance.

1856 Natal formed as a British colony separate from Cape Colony.

1869 Margarine was patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by the French Navy.
William T.G. Morton1869 William Thomas Green Morton, one of the first to use ether as an anesthetic, died.

1870 Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
Manitoba became a province of Canada.

1876 Baseball's first no-hitter was played, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hit Hartford.

1898 Camillo Golgi discovered what is now known as the Golgi Apparatus (a delicate network inside cells essential for the transmission and reception of information between cells).

1912 The British National Health Insurance Act went into effect.

1915 Musician Frankie Yankovic was born.

1916 Boeing Company was formed (as Pacific Aero) by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington.

Noor Mohammad Taraki1917 Noor Mohammad Taraki, President of Afghanistan, was born.

1918 The Second Battle of the Marne began.

Wiley Post1933 Wiley Post took off on what would become a record round-the-world solo flight.

1934 Continental Airlines began operations.

1935 Football player-turned-actor Alex Karras was born.

1937 Buchenwald Concentration Camp opened.

1939 Clara Adams became the first woman to complete a round-the-world flight.

1940 The first betatron was placed in operation, at Urbana, Illinois.
1940 Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest person ever, died.

1944 Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was born.

1946 Singer Linda Ronstadt was born.

John J. Pershing1948 John J. Pershing, commanding General of the U.S. Army during World War I, died.

1950 Columnist Arianna Huffington was born.

1951 Wrestler-turned-Governor Jesse Ventura was born.

1952 The first transatlantic helicopter flight began.

1953 Jean-Bertrand Aristide, two-time President of Haiti, was born.

1958 U.S. Marines landed in Lebanon in response to formal requests made by Lebanese President Camille Chamoun.
1958 South Africa resumed full participation in the United Nations.

1961 Actor Forest Whitaker was born.

1967 Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, was born.

1968 "One Life to Live" premiered on ABC-TV.
1968 Commercial air service between the United States and the Soviet Union began.

Pioneer Program1972 Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to pass through the Asteroid Belt.

1991 Game show host Bert Convy died.

Hammer DeRoburt1922 Hammer DeRoburt, the first President of Nauru, died.

1999 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was played.

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