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1131 King Stephen II of Hungary died.
1565 The Portuguese established Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil.
1633 Poet George Herbert died.
1780 Pennsylvania became the first US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only).
1781 The Articles of Confederation became the law of the land when Maryland became the thirteenth state to ratify them.
1790 The first U. S. census was authorized.
1792 The U. S. Presidential Succession Act was passed.
1803 Ohio became the 17th state.
1809 The Embargo
Act of 1807 was repealed.
1837 Novelist William Dean Howells was born.
1841 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first Black to be elected to the U. S. Senate for a full term, was born.
1845 U. S. President John Tyler signed a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.
1847 Michigan became the first English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state).
1848 Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born.
1854 The SS City of Glasgow left Liverpool harbor with approximately 480 passengers and crew and was never seen again.
1864 Louis Ducos du
Hauron patented a movie machine (it was never built).
1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.
1870 Francisco Solano Lopez, President of Paraguay, died.
1872 Yellowstone National Park was created by the U. S. Congress.
1896 Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.
1904 Bandleader Glenn Miller was born.
1909 The first
university-based school of nursing in the United States
was established by the University of Minnesota.
1910 An avalanche buried three passenger trains at Steven's Pass, Washington, killing 118 persons.
1912 Captain Albert
Berry performed the first parachute jump from an
1913 North Dakota became
the first state to require the bonding of officers and
1917 The first federal land bank was chartered.
1920 The Austrian
monarchy was restored.
1921 Rwanda was ceded to
1922 Mad Magazine
publisher William M. Gaines was born.
1924 Astronaut Deke Slayton was born.
1926 Actor Robert Clary
1929 Actor Robert Conrad was born.
1932 The infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped.
1933 Bank holidays were declared in six states, to prevent runs on banks.
1936 Boulder Dam was completed.
1937 The first permanent automobile license plates were issued by Connecticut.
1941 Captain America* made his first comic
1944 Singer Roger Daltrey was born.
1945 Actor Dirk Benedict was born.
1946 The British
government nationalized the Bank of England.
The International Monetary Fund officially
1950 The first Boeing B-47A rolled off the assembly line in Wichita, Kansas.
1952 Seibel Helicopter Company was acquired by Cessna.
1954 Four Puerto Ricans
opened fire in the U. S. House of Representatives,
injuring five Representatives.
1956 Actor Timothy Daly was born.
1961 The Peace Corps was established.
1962 An American Airlines jet crashed into New York's Jamaica Bay, killing all 95 persons aboard.
1965 Bechuanaland held
its first elections.
1966 Venera 3 became the first man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus).
1967 Oscar Diego Gestido
was inaugurated as Uruguay's first permanent President in
1969 East German border guards closed the main autobahn to West Berlin.
1972 Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to reach a career 30,000 points.
1973 Robyn Smith became the first female jockey to win a major horse race.
1975 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union, died.
1983 A tornado injured 33 persons in Los Angeles, California.
1984 Actor Jackie Coogan died.
Actress Katharine Blake died.
George Steinbrenner was reinstated as owner of the New
1994 Singer Justin Bieber was born.
Belgium ended military conscription.
2004 Terry Nichols was convicted of state murder charges and of being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
2007 Tornadoes killed at least 20 people in the southern United States.
2013 Actress Bonnie Franklin died.
2014 Knife-wielding terrorists killed 29 persons and injured 130 at a railway station in Kunming, China.
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