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1611 Henry Hudson was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers and never seen again.
1633 Galileo was forced to recant his theory that the Earth orbits the Sun.
1675 The Royal Greenwich Observatory was established in England by King Charles II.
1757 Explorer George Vancouver was born.
1772 Slavery was outlawed in England.
1807 British sailors boarded the USS Chesapeake.
1808 Zebulon Pike reached the peak that now bears his name.
1814 James Henry Lane, one of the first U.S. Senators from Kansas, was born.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.
1832 John Howe patented a pin manufacturing machine.
1844 The fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded at Yale University.
1847 The doughnut was created.
1848 The Barnburners (Anti-Slavery) Party nominated Martin Van Buren for President.
1870 The Department of Justice was created by act of Congress.
1873 Prince Edward Island joined Canada.
1887 Biologist Julian Huxley was born.
1903 Bank robber John Dillinger was born.
Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born.
1922 Fashion designer Bill Blass was born.
1932 The National League approved the wearing of numbers by players.
1933 U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was born.
Bank robber John Dillinger became the first "Public Enemy Number
1940 France surrendered to Germany.
1941 Television journalist Ed Bradley was born.
1944 The "GI Bill of Rights" became law.
1945 The Japanese island of Okinawa was declared secure.
1948 Musician Todd Rundgren was born.
Musician Alan Osmond was born.
1953 Singer Cyndi Lauper was born.
1954 Actor Freddie Prinze was born.
1958 A train plunged
down a mountain near Orizaba, Mexico, killing 20 persons.
1964 Actress Amy Brenneman was born.
1965 Film and television producer David O. Selznick died.
Ohio's Cuyahgo River caught fire.
1970 President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.
1978 James Christy's
discovery of Pluto's moon Charon was announced.
1981 Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon.
1987 Dancer-actor Fred Astaire died.
Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia,
were identified as Tsar Nicholas II & Tsarina Alexandra.
1993 Pat Nixon, wife of former President Richard Nixon, died.
2002 Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer, advice columnist better known as Ann Landers, died.
2008 Comedian George Carlin died.
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