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1381 King Richard II of England met with the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt.

1648 Margaret Jones was hanged in Boston for witchcraft, the first such execution in the Massachusetts colony.

1775 The Continental Army was established.

1777 The Continental Congress adopted the Flag of the United States.

Napoleon Bonaparte1800 Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in Northern Italy and re-conquered Italy.

Robert Anderson1805 Union Army Major Robert Anderson was born.

1807 Emperor Napoleon I's French Grande Armee defeated the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Poland, ending the War of the Fourth Coalition.

Harriet Beecher Stowe1811 Author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born.

1821 Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrendered his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom.

Pierre Charles L'Enfant1825 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, principal architect of Washington, D.C., died.

1832 Inventor Nicolaus Otto was born.

1834 The hardhat diving suit was patented by Leonard Norcross.
1834 Isaac Fischer, Jr. patented sandpaper.

1841 The first Canadian Parliament opened in Kingston, Ontario.

1846 A group of American settlers in California raised the "Bear Flag" of the California Republic for the first time.

1881 The player piano was patented by John McTammany, Jr.

John Francis McCormack1884 Operatic tenor John Francis McCormack was born.

1900 Hawaii was organized as a territory of the United States.

1907 Norway granted women the right to vote.

1919 John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown began the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

1923 Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. President to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore.

Che Guevara1928 Ché Guevara, Latin American revolutionary leader, was born.

1938 Action Comics released the very first Superman comic.
1938 Chlorophyll was patented by Benjamin Grushkin.

1940 German tanks rolled into Paris and took control of the city.

1942 Anne Frank began her diary after she receives it for her 13th birthday.
1942 The first bazooka rocket gun was produced in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1942 Walt Disney released the movie Bambi.

1954 President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

1962 Anna Slesers became the first victim of Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler.
1962 The European Space Research Organisation was established in Paris.

Valeri Fyodorovich Bykovsky1963 Cosmonaut Valeri Bykovsky was launched into orbit aboard Vostok V.

1964 "Papa Doc" Duvalier declared himself President of Haiti for Life.

1966 The Vatican announced the abolition of the index librorum prohibitum (index of prohibited books), which was originally instituted in 1557.

1967 Mariner V was launched.

1982 The Falkland Islands War ended when Argentina surrendered to Great Britain after a war lasting 6 weeks.

Marlin Perkins1986 Marlin Perkins, host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," died.

1988 The Beech Starship 1 became the first all-composite pressurized aircraft to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

2010 Singer Jimmy Dean died.

2016 Guitarist Henry McCullough died.

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