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1031 King Robert II of France died.
1519 Pope Innocent IX was born.
1734 William Maclay, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1738 French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan.
1804 Comparative anatomist Richard Owen was born.
1810 Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), declared their independence from Spain.
1822 Gregor Mendel, pioneer in the field of genetics, was born.
1861 The Congress of the Confederate States of America began its first session.
1871 British Columbia became a Canadian province.
1873 Aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont was born.
1890 King George II of Greece was born.
1901 Morocco signed an agreement with France fixing Morocco's frontier with Algeria.
first Ford Model A was sold.
1912 Philadelphia Phillie player Sherry Magee stole home twice in one game.
1917 U.S. Secretary of War Newton Baker drew the first number of the World War I draft.
1919 Mountain climber Edmund Hillary was born.
1920 U.S. government official Elliot Richardson was born.
1921 Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the U.S. House of Representatives.
1922 Togo was made a mandate of the League of Nations.
1923 Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa was killed.
1926 A convention of the Methodist Church voted to allow women to become ministers.
1927 King Ferdinand of Romania died.
1932 In Washington, D.C., police fired tear gas on World War I veterans, part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force, who were attempting to march to the White House.
1937 Inventor Guglielmo Marconi died.
1938 Actress Natalie Wood was born.
1940 Billboard published its first singles record chart (#1 was "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey).
1942 The first
detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps began
German generals tried to kill Adolf Hitler.
1946 Singer Kim Carnes was born.
1947 Musician Carlos Santana was born.
1948 Syngman Rhee was elected as the first President of the Republic of Korea.
1951 King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated.
1956 France recognized Tunisia's independence.
explosion in a hydroelectric project in Yugoslavia killed
1969 U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first peron to set foot on the moon.
1973 Actor Bruce Lee died.
1 became the first U.S. spacecraft to land on Mars.
found the wreck of the Spanish galleon Atocha.
1992 Václav Havel resigned as president of Czechoslovakia.
1993 Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel, was found dead.
2005 Actor James Doohan died.
2007 TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker died.
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