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1298 Albrecht, son of Rudolf of Hsbsburg, was crowned King of the Germans.
1549 Jesuit priest Francis Xavier became the first Christian missionary in Japan.
1643 Oliver Cromwell defeated Royalists at the Battle of Gainsborough.
1694 The Bank of England was incorporated.
1713 Russia and Turkey signed a peace treaty.
1742 Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene was born.
1789 The Department of Foreign Affairs was created by act of Congress.
1795 Spain and France signed a peace treaty.
1816 U.S. troops destroyed Seminole Fort Apalachicola.
1824 Playwright Alexandre Dumas fils was born.
1844 Chemist John Dalton died.
1862 About 40,000 persons died when a hurricane hit Canton, China.
1866 The first permanent Atlantic Cable was completed.
1880 A. P. Abourne patented a process for refining coconut oil.
1884 The East Cleveland Street Railway Company opened the first commercial electric streetcar line in the United States.
1890 Painter Vincent van Gogh shot himself.
1900 Film director Charles Vidor was born.
1905 Baseball player Leo Durocher was born.
1909 Orville Wright tested the first U.S. Army airplane.
1920 Actor Michael Evans was born.
1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated insulin for the first time.
International Geographical Union was formed in Brussels,
1931 Actor Gary Van Dyke was born.
1937 Actor Don Galloway was born.
1938 Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, was born.
Bunny made his first appearance on the silver screen, in A
1944 Singer Bobbie Gentry was born.
1945 The U.S. Communist Party was formed.
1946 Author Gertrude Stein died.
1948 Figure skater Peggy Fleming was born.
1949 Singer Maureen McGovern was born.
1953 The Korean War ended.
1954 An armistice divided Vietnam into two countries.
1955 Austria regained full independence.
1957 Comedian Bill Engvall was born.
1959 The Continental (Baseball) League was organized in New York City.
1963 General Amin al-Hafez became President of Syria.
1972 Actress Maya Rudolph was born.
1975 Baseball player Alex Rodriguez was born.
1980 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran died.
1981 Film director William Wyler died.
1984 Actor James Mason died.
1990 Zsa Zsa Gabor began a 3-day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills, California.
1995 The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1996 A bomb exploded at Atlanta (Georgia) Olympic Park, killing 1 person and injuring another 110.
1999 Singer Bobby Day died.
2002 A jet fighter crashed during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine, killing 85 persons and injuring more than 100 others.
2003 Entertainer Bob Hope died.
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