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1586 Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe.

1655 Playwright Cyrano de Bergerac died.

Vitus Bering1741 Captain Vitus Bering discovered Mount St. Elias, Alaska.

1741 Composer Antonio Vivaldi died.

John Peter Zenger1746 John Peter Zenger, focus of the first "Freedom of the Press" case in America, died.

1750 Composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.

Peru1821 Peru declared its independence from Spain.

Manasseh Cutler1823 Manasseh Cutler, American minister, physician, scientist, and politician, died.

William Bainbridge1833 William Bainbridge, American naval hero, died.

1858 The first use of fingerprints as a means of identification was made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service.

1866 The metric system became a legal measurement system in the United States.
1866 Artist Beatrix Potter was born.

1868 The 14th Amendment, granting United States citizenship to former slaves, was proclaimed.

Miami, Florida1896 The city of Miami, Florida, was incorporated.

1900 Hamburger was created by Louis Lassing, in Connecticut.

1901 Singer/actor Rudy Vallee was born.

Pavel Cherenkov1904 Physicist Pavel Cherenkov was born.

1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, beginning the First World War.
1914 The foxtrot was first danced at the New Amsterdam Roof Garden in New York City, by Harry Fox.

1929 Jacqueline Bouvier, wife of President John F. Kennedy and then Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis, was born.

Herbert Hoover's Administration1932 President Herbert Hoover ordered the removal of "bonus marchers" from their encampment.

1938 Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru, was born.

William Worrall Mayo1819 William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, died.

1943 U.S. Senator Bill Bradley was born.
1943 Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright was born.

1945 The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations charter.
1945 Cartoonist Jim Davis was born.

1947 Sports journalist Dick Ebersol was born.

1948 Actress Sally Struthers was born.

1949 Baseball player Vida Blue was born.

1951 Walt Disney's Alice In Wonderland was released.

1953 A B-47 set a trans-atlantic record of 4-3/4 hours at 617.4 mph.

1954 Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, was born.

Edith Abbott1957 Social reformer Edith Abbott died.

1959 Great Britain began using postal codes.

1977 Oil began flowing through the Alaska Pipeline.

2004 Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, died.

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