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1214 The University of Oxford was chartered.
1633 Lord Cecil Baltimore was granted a charter for what is now Maryland.
1779 The Battle of Stone Ferry was fought.
1782 Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States.
1787 Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
1791 King Louis XVI was caught attempting to flee the French Revolution.
1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent on the cotton gin.
1819 The SS
Savannah arrived at Liverpool, England,
becoming the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
1837 The world's first
postage stamp was isued by Great Britain.
1840 Samuel F.B. Morse patented the telegraph.
1863 West Virginia became the 35th state.
1874 The first U.S. Lifesaving Medal was awarded, to Lucian Clemons.
1876 Mexican leader Antonio López de Santa Anna died.
1893 Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her parents.
1895 Caroline Willard Baldwin became the first woman to earn a PhD from an American university.
1901 Charlotte Manye became the first African-born person to graduate from an American college.
1902 Illustrator Henry Worrall died.
1909 Actor Erroll Flynn was born.
1910 "Krazy Kat" comic strip by George Herriman debuted in the New York Journal.
1924 Guitarist Chet
Atkins was born.
1926 Mordecai W. Johnson became the first black president of Howard University.
1930 Astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad was born.
Actress Olympia Dukakis was born.
1933 Actor Danny Aiello was born.
1935 Football player Len Dawson was born.
1941 German astronaut Ulf Merbold was born.
1942 Singer Brian Wilson was born.
1943 The National Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded.
forces defeated Japanese forces in the Battle of the
1945 Singer Anne Murphy was born.
1946 Television personality Bob Vila was born.
1947 Mobster Bugsy Siegel was murdered in Las Vegas.
1948 "Toast of the Town," hosted by Ed Sullivan, premiered on CBS-TV.
1949 Singer Lionel Richie was born.
1952 Actor John Goodman was born.
1967 Muhammad Ali was
convicted of refusing induction into the armed services.
1988 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities.
1991 The German parliament voted to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
1994 O.J. Simpson was arraigned for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
2005 Jack St. Clair Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, died.
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