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1535 Pope Leo XI was born.
1731 Martha Washington, wife of President George Washington, was born.
1740 Author Marquis de Sade was born.
1773 American politician John Randolph was born.
1815 U.S. Civil War General Philip Kearny was born.
1835 Pope Pius X was born.
1840 Novelist Thomas Hardy was born.
1851 Maine enacted the first prohibition law in the United States.
1857 James Gibbs
patented a chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.
1862 Robert E. Lee took command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
1875 James Augustine Healey became the first black Catholic Bishop in the U.S.
1882 Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi died.
1883 Chicago's "El" opened to traffic.
1904 Actor Johnny Weissmuller was born.
1913 Novelist Barbara Pym was born.
1924 Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States.
1928 Swift Aircraft Corporation organized.
1930 Astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., was born.
1935 Baseball player Babe Ruth retired.
1937 Actress Sally Kellerman was born.
1940 King Constantine II of Greece was born.
1941 Actor Stacy Keach
1944 Composer Marvin Hamlisch was born.
Italian Republic was proclaimed.
1948 Actor Jerry Mathers was born.
1950 Actress Joanna Gleason was born.
1953 Elizabeth II was formally crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland.
1955 Comedian Dana Carvey was born.
1956 Labor leader Matthew Woll died.
1962 Surveyor 1 became the first spacecraft to make a "soft" landing on the Moon.
1972 Comedian Wayne Brady was born.
Musician Sammy Kaye died.
1990 Actor Rex Harrison died.
1996 Game show host Ray Combs died.
1997 Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
2001 Actress Imogene Coca died.
2004 Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on "Jeopardy."
2008 Blues guitarist Bo Diddley died.
2012 Actor Richard Dawson died.
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