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1216 Pope Innocent III died.

1487 The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.

1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle.

1624 Virginia became an English Crown Colony.

1673 King Louis XIV of France and Frederik Willem of Brandenburg signed the Peace of Vossem.

1774 Harrodsburg, Kentucky, was founded.

1858 William D. Boyce, founder of Boy Scouts of America, was born.
1858 King Gustav V of Sweden was born.

Jose Rizal1861 Filipino nationalist and reformist José Rizal was born.

1874 Arthur Meighen, two-time Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

Crawford Williamson Long1878 Crawford Williamson Long, the first surgeon to use ether as an anesthetic, died.

1884 The first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.

1890 Film comedian Stan Laurel was born.

1903 The Ford Motor Company was founded.
Singer Helen Traubel was born.

1907 Actor Jack Albertson was born.

1916 Basketball player Hank Luisetti was born.

Jose Lopez Portillo1920 José López Portillo, President of Mexico, was born.

Bernard W. Rogers1921 Bernard W. Rogers, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, was born.

1930 Ezra Fitch, of Abercrombie & Fitch, died.

Harding Memorial1931 The Harding Memorial was dedicated.

National Industrial Recovery Act1933 The National Industrial Recovery Act was signed into law.

1937 Author Erich Segal was born.

1938 Author Joyce Carol Oates was born.

1939 Jazz musician Chick Webb died.

1943 Actress Joan Van Ark was born.

1951 Boxer Roberto Duran was born.

1952 George A. Papendreou, Prime Minister of Greece, was born.

1955 Actress Laurie Metcalf was born.

1957 Actor Ian Buchanan was born.

1958 A Cruzeiro do Sul Convair hit a tree while landing in a storm near Curitiba, Brazil, killing 21 of the 27 persons aboard.
1958 A Pacific storm sank 21 fishing vessels off Oaxaca State, Mexico, with an estimated death toll of 200.

1959 Actor George Reeves died.

1960 The Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho was released.

1961 Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected.

1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
David Ben-Gurion1963 David Ben-Gurion resigned as Prime Minister of Israel.

Japan earthquake1964 An earthquake hit Niigata, Yamagata, and Akita prefectures, Japan, killing about 30 persons.
1964 A Continental Trailways bus fell off the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (in Louisiana); 6 passengers drowned.

1967 The Monterrey International Pop Festival opened in Monterrey, California.
1967 Actor Reginald Denny died.

1970 Golfer Phil Mickelson was born.
1970 Football player Brian Piccolo died.

1971 Rapper Tupac Shakur was born.

1977 Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun died.

1978 The movie Grease was released.

1979 Film director Nicholas Ray died.

1989 The movie Ghostbusters II was released.

1995 The movie Batman Forever was released.
1995 The Disney movie Pocahontas was released.

1996 Sports journalist Mel Allen died.

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