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1674 Isaac Watts, hymn writer and preacher, was born.

Elbridge Gerry1744 American statesman Elbridge Gerry was born.

Timothy Pickering1745 Timothy Pickering, U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of War, was born.

John Jacob Astor1763 Businessman John Jacob Astor was born.

1821 Spain formally transferred Florida to the United States.

1841 The first issue of the British satirical magazine Punch was published.

Charles Grey1845 Charles Grey, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Ireland, died.

1861 The U.S. Congress authorized the issuance of paper money.

1867 The Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the first dental college in the United States, was established.

Dorothea Lynde Dix1887 Dorothea Lynde Dix, the first female lobbyist of more than local significance in the United States, died.

1889 Author Erle Stanley Gardner was born.

1898 Santiago, Cuba, surrendered to American forces.

1899 Actor James Cagney was born.

Art Linkletter1912 Television personality Art Linkletter was born.

James Abbott McNeil Whistler1903 Painter James Abbott McNeil Whistler died.

Czar Nicholas II1917 Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries.
Phyllis Diller1917 Comedian Phyllis Diller was born.

1918 Country singer Red Sovine was born.

1929 Ace Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation was formed.

1935 Singer Diahann Carroll was born.
1935 Actor Donald Sutherland was born.

1936 The Spanish Civil War began.

Douglas Corrigan1938 Douglas Corrigan took off from New York City on what was supposed to be a flight to California; he landed in Ireland instead.

1941 Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak of 56 consecutive games came to an end.

1947 Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, was born.

1952 Singer Nicolette Larson was born.
1952 Jazz singer Phoebe Snow was born.

1955 Disneyland opened to the public.
1955 Arco, Idaho, became the first U.S. city to be lit by nuclear power.

1958 British paratroopers landed in Jordan to honor a request made by King Hussein.

1959 Mary Leakey discovered the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei.

1968 The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine premiered in London.

Walter Cronkite2009 Newscaster Walter Cronkite died.

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