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1609 Bermuda became an English colony.

1755 The first steam engine in America was installed, to pump water from a mine.

1773 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded a settlement on the site of what is now Chicago.

1795 Canadian politician William Mackenzie was born.

1801 Tsar Paul I of Russia was assassinated.

1821 John J.C. Abbott, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

1831 Manufacturer Clement Studebaker was born.

William Henry Perkin1838 Chemist William Henry Perkin was born.

Adolph S. Ochs1858 Newspaper publisher Adolph S. Ochs was born.

1863 Poet Gabriele d' Annunzio was born.

1867 The last French troops left Mexico.

1868 The United Kingdom annexed Basutoland (now Lesotho).

1881 Kemal Ataturk, President of Turkey, was born.

1884 Mississippi established the first state college for women.

Eskimo Pie1893 Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie, was born.

1894 Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time, in Vickburg, Mississippi.

John Porter Altgeld1902 John Porter Altgeld, Governor of Illinois, died.

Juliette Gordon Low1912 Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scout movement in the United States.

George Westinghouse1914 George Westinghouse, inventor of railroad air brakes and promoter of AC electricity, died.

1922 Author Jack Kerouac was born.

1923 Astronaut Wally Schirra was born.

1925 The first transatlantic radio broadcast was made.
1925 Sun Yat-sen, President of China, died.

Frank Borman1928 Astronaut Frank Borman was born.

Mahatma Gandhi1930 Mohandas Gandhi began a 200-mile march protesting a British salt tax.

Andrew Young1932 Andrew Young, Jr., U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, was born.

President Franklin Roosevelt1933 President Franklin Roosevelt conducted his first "Fireside Chat."
1933 Actress Barbara Feldon was born.

1946 Singer Liza Minnelli was born.

President Harry Truman1947 President Harry Truman announced the Truman Doctrine.
1947 American Mitt Romney was born.

1948 Singer James Taylor was born.

Charlie Parker1955 Jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker died.

Howard Hughes1957 Billionaire Howard Hughes married actress Jean Peters.

Hawaii Statehood1959 The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hawaii Statehood Act.

Finch-Tregoff Trials1960 The murder trial of Bernard Finch and Carole Tregoff ended with a hung jury.

1962 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry was born.

1970 The voting age in the United States was lowered from 21 to 18.

1985 Conductor Eugene Ormandy died.

1987 College football coach Woody Hayes died.

Thomas LeRoy Collins1991 Thomas LeRoy Collins, Governor of Florida, died.

1994 The Church of England ordained its first women priests.

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