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1783 Hannah Hoes, wife of President Martin Van Buren, was born.

New York Stock Exchange1817 The New York Stock Exchange was founded.

Josephine Cochrane1839 Josephine Cochrane, inventor of the automatic dishwashing machine, was born.

1841 Jurist Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., was born.

Karl XIV Johan1844 Karl XIV Johan, King of Sweden and Norway, died.

1862 The Confederate ironclad Merrimack was launched.

1865 Type designer Frederick Goudy was born.

1867 The British North America Act was passed in the House of Commons.

1869 Composer Hector Berlioz died.

Millard Fillmore1874 Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States, died.

Henry Ward Beecher1887 Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher died.

John Ericsson1889 Inventor John Ericsson died.

1894 The state of New York enacted the nation's first dog-licensing law.

Ferdinand von Zeppelin1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, inventor of the rigid dirigible, died.

1921 Actor Alan Hale, Jr., was born.

1922 Dancer Cyd Charisse was born.

William Howard Taft1930 William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, was born.

1936 The first organized stock car race was held on the beach of Daytona Beach, Florida.

1941 Author James Reston, Jr., was born.
1941 Author Sherwood Anderson died.

1943 Actress Lynn Redgrave was born.

1945 Musician/actor Micky Dolenz was born.

1947 Rock guitarist Mike Allsup was born.

1948 Singer Peggy March was born.

1957 Singer Harry Belafonte and dancer Julie Robinson were married in Tecate, Mexico.

United Arab Republic1958 Yemen joined the United Arab Republic.
1958 Musician Gary Numan was born.

1961 Actress Camryn Manheim was born.

1971 Actor Harold Lloyd died.

1972 The Goodyear blimp flew for the first time.

1973 The Eisenhower Tunnel, the highest in the world and longest in the United States, opened.

1974 Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris, France.

1976 Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr., was born.

1977 Actor James Van Der Beek was born.

1979 The first extraterrestrial volcano was discovered, on Jupiter's satellite Io.

1983 IBM released PC DOS version 2.0.

1987 The last new episode of "The A-Team" aired on NBC-TV.

Eskimo Pie1992 Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie, died.

1999 Actress Peggy Cass died.
1999 Baseball player Joe DiMaggio died.

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