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1511 Painter Giorgio Vasari was born.
1619 The House of Burgesses, the first elected representative assembly in America, convened in Jamestown, Virginia.
1718 William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, died.
1729 The City of Baltimore, Maryland, was founded.
1733 The Society of Freemasons opened its first American lodge in Boston.
1818 Author Emily Brontė was born.
1857 Social scientist Thorstein Veblen was born.
1780 American diplomat Richard Rush died.
President Abraham Lincoln issued an
"eye-for-eye" order to shoot a rebel prisoner
for every black prisoner shot.
1869 The Charles, considered the worlds first "oil tanker", departed from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil.
1872 Mahlon Loomis patented wireless telegraphy.
1875 Confederate General George Pickett died.
1889 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, publisher of the Little Blue Books series, was born.
1890 Baseball player Casey Stengel was born.
1898 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck died.
1912 Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito died.
1918 Poet Joyce Kilmer died.
1922 Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, was born.
1928 George Eastman showed the first color motion pictures.
1929 Television producer Sid Krofft was born.
1930 "Death Valley Days" debuted on NBC Radio.
1935 The first Penguin Book was published.
1939 Film director Peter Bogdanovich was born.
1941 Singer Paul Anka was born.
1947 Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was born.
1956 The U.S. motto "In God We Trust" was authorized.
1961 Actor Laurence Fishburne was born.
1963 Actress Lisa Kudrow was born.
1969 Actor Simon Baker was born.
1974 Actress Hilary Swank was born.
1975 Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive for the last time.
1980 The New Hebrides Islands became independent as the Republic of Vanuatu.
1990 The first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
1996 Actress Claudette Colbert died.
1998 Robert "Buffalo Bob" Smith, host of "Howdy Doody," died.
2007 Film director Ingmar Bergman died.
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