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1488 King James III of Scotland died.
1509 King Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon.
1557 King Joćo III of Portugal died.
1578 England granted Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America.
1727 King George I of England died.
1775 The Battle of Machias, the first naval engagement of the American Revolutionary War, was fought.
1776 The Continental
Congress appointed a committee to draw up a declaration
1811 William Eaton, American soldier and diplomat, died.
1825 American politician Daniel D. Tompkins died.
1838 Iowa Territory was organized.
1847 Arctic explorer John Franklin died while trying to sail through the Northwest Passage.
1859 The Comstock silver lode was discovered.
1864 Composer Richard Strauss was born.
1880 Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, was born.
1888 Anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti was born.
1894 Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota, was born.
Charles E. Duryea patented a gasoline-powered automobile.
1901 The Cook Islands were annexed and made part of New Zealand.
1910 Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was born.
Universal Negro Improvement Association was founded by
1913 Football coach Vince Lombardi was born.
1928 Alfred Hitchcock's first film, Case of Jonathan Drew, was released.
1933 Actor Gene Wilder was born.
1935 Edwin Armstrong gave the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.
1936 The Presbyterian
Church of America was founded at Philadelphia.
1937 The Marx Brothers film A Day at the Races was released.
1939 Auto racer Jackie Stewart was born.
1944 The battleship USS Missouri was commissioned.
1945 Actress Adrienne Barbeau was born.
1949 ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard was born.
1953 The last new episode of "Amos 'n Andy" aired on CBS-TV.
1955 A car lost control during the 24 Hours Le Mans race and crashed into stands filled with spectators, killing 82 people.
1956 Football player Joe Montana was born.
1959 Actor Hugh Laurie was born.
1962 Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris became the only inmates to escape from Alcatraz Island prison.
1963 Alabama Governor George C. Wallace tried to prevent blacks from registering at the University of Alabama.
1967 Israel and Syria agreed to observe the UN mediated cease-fire ending six days of Israeli fighting against Egypt, Jordan and Syrian forces.
1969 David Bowie
released Space Oddity.
1976 The first oil was pumped from the North Sea oilfield.
1978 Joseph Freeman Jr. became the first black priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
1979 Actor John Wayne died.
1982 E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial was released.
1985 The Russian space probe Vega 1 landed on Venus.
1990 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law prohibiting desecration of the U.S. flag was unconstitutional.
1998 Author Leo Buscaglia died.
1999 Actor DeForest Kelley died.
2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
2003 Television journalist David Brinkley died.
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