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Charles the Good, Count of Flanders, was
1459 Pope Adrian
VI was born.
1629 King Charles I dissolved the
American politician De Witt Clinton was born.
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, died.
American politician Sam Houston was born.
Congress standardized U.S. weights and
1807 The U.S.
Congress banned the slave trade, effective
January 1, 1808.
1810 Pope Leo
XIII was born.
Territory of Arkansas was organized.
1819 The United States passed
its first immigration law.
Composer Bedrich Smetana was born.
American politician Carl Schurz was born.
Texas declared its independence from Mexico
and established the Republic of Texas.
The Territory of Washington was organized.
The Dakota and Nevada territories were organized.
The Freedman's Bureau was founded.
The first Reconstruction Act was passed by the
1867 The United States
Department of Education was created.
The University of Illinois opened.
Eugenio Marie Giuseppe Pacelli, aka Pope Piux XII, was born.
Rutherford B. Hayes was declared President by one vote, the
day before inauguration.
The Convention of Constantinople was
signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage
through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
Mount Rainier National Park was
Composer Kurt Weill was born.
The "Official Playing Rules of
Professional Base Ball Clubs" was adopted.
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel,
author of children's books, was born.
player Mel Ott was born.
1917 Puerto Rico
became an official territory of the United
1917 Musician/actor Desi Arnaz
1925 A uniform
system of numbering U.S. highways was adopted
(even numbers for north-south routes, odd for
1929 The U.S.
Court of Customs and Patent Appeals was created.
D.H. Lawrence died.
delivered its first U.S. military planes built in
Wichita, Kansas (3 YPT 9's, to the U.S. Army Air
Mikhail Gorbachev, Premier of the Soviet Union, was born.
Cardinal Eugenio Marie Giuseppe Pacelli was
elected to succeed Pope Pius XI, and took the
name Pius XII.
1939 Archaeologist Howard Carter
Musician Lou Reed was born.
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea began.
Ho Chi Minh was elected President of North
The world's first automatic street light was
installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
1949 Actress Gates McFadden was
Singer Karen Carpenter was born.
The first NBA All-Star Game was played
(East beat West 111-94 at Boston).
1953 The Academy
Awards were first broadcast on television by NBC.
Morocco gained independence from
Wilt Chamberlain became the first (and to date only)
professional basketball player to score 100
points in a single game.
1962 Musician Jon Bon Jovi was
The movie Sound of Music was released.
The Concorde made its first
Pioneer 10 was launched on a mission to explore
the outer planets.
1972 Jean-Bédell Bokassa appointed
himself President for Life of the Central African
"Dallas" premiered on CBS-TV.
player Reggie Bush was born.
Randolph Scott died.
Singer Dusty Springfield died.
Rhythm and blues singer Hank Ballard died.
Marge Schott, owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died.
Musician Jeff Healey died.
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