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Hernando de Soto1539 Hernando de Soto claimed Florida for Spain.

1621 The Dutch West India Company received its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa.

Don Gaspar de Portola1770 Don Gaspar de Portolá established a presidio at Monterrey Bay, California.

Jefferson Davis1808 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, was born.

Henry Kinney1814 Henry Kinney, early Texas pioneer, was born.

1851 The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms.

Stephen Douglas1861 Stephen Douglas, U.S. Representative and Senator, died.

George V1865 King George V of Great Britain was born.

1887 Singer Roland Hayes was born.

1888 The poem Casey at the Bat was first published, in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.

Tony Curtis1925 Actor Tony Curtis was born.

1929 Television producer Chuck Barris was born.

1935 The French liner Normandie set a record on its maiden voyage, arriving in New York after crossing the Atlantic in just four days.
1935
Actress Irma P. Hall was born.

1936 Author Larry McMurtry was born.

1937 The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monts, France.

1939 Rock singer Ian Hunter was born.

Wilhelm II1941 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany died.

1946 The first bikini bathing suit was displayed, in Paris.
1946 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation on public buses unconstitutional.
1946
Singer Eddie Holman was born.

Palomar Observatory1948 The 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory was dedicated.

1949 Rock musician Richard Moore was born.

1950 Singer Suzy Quatro was born.

1951 Singer Deneice Williams was born.

1952 Rock musician Billy Powell was born.

Alexander Cartwright1953 Alexander Cartwright was officially credited by the U.S. Congress as the inventor of baseball.

1954 Singer Dan Hill was born.

1958 Actor Scott Valentine was born.

1959 Singapore was granted self-rule.
Air Force Academy1959 The United States Air Force Academy graduated its first class.

Pope John XXIII1963 Pope John XXIII died.

1964 Rock musician Kerry King was born.

Ed White1965 Astronaut Ed White became the first American to "walk" in space, during the flight of Gemini IV.

1966 Gemini IX was launched.

1967 Television journalist Anderson Cooper was born.

1968 Country singer Jamie O'Neal was born.

1969 The last episode of "Star Trek" aired on NBC-TV.

1970 The first artificial gene was synthesized.

1971 Singer Ariel Hernandez was born.
1971 Singer Gabriel Hernandez was born.

1972 Sally J. Priesand became the first female rabbi in the United States.

Eisaku Sato1975 Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister of Japan, died.

Andres Segovia1987 Classical guitarist Andrés Segovia died.

Ayatollah Khomeini1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of Iran, died.

2003 Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Chicago's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.

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