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Ferdinand Magellan1521 Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.

1641 The Rhode Island General Court declared Rhode Island a democracy and adopted a new constitution.

1660 The English Long Parliament disbanded.

Caroline Herschel1750 Astronomer Caroline Herschel was born.

James Madison1751 James Madison, 4th President of the United States, was born.

Matthew Flinders1774 Matthew Flinders, the first European to circumnavigate Australia, was born.

West Point1802 The United States Military Academy was established at West Point, New York.

1822 Painter Rosa Bonheur was born.

1827 The first U.S. black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, began publishing, in New York City.

1829 Ohio authorized high school night classes.

1830 The New York Stock Exchange recorded its slowest day ever (31 shares traded).

1833 Susan Hayhurst became the first U.S. woman graduate of a pharmacy college.

Texas1836 Texas approved a constitution.

1839 Poet Sully Prudhomme was born.

1847 Physicist Georg S. Ohm was born.

1861 Arizona Territory voted to cede from the Union.
1861 The
Confederate States of America appointed commissioners to Britain.

1862 The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty establishing the Red Cross.

Joseph Lister1867 Joseph Lister published an article outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.

Hiram Revels1869 Hiram Revels made the first official speech by an African-American in the U.S. Senate.

1878 Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, was born.

1881 The Barnum & Bailey Circus debuted.

1906 Comedian Henny Youngman was born.

1911 Nazi doctor Josef Mengele was born.

1912 Mrs. William Howard Taft planted the first cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
1912 Pat Nixon, wife of President Richard Nixon, was born.

1915 The Federal Trade Commission was organized.

1922 Sultan Fuad I was crowned King of Egypt.

Robert Goddard1926 Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket.
1926 Comedian Jerry Lewis was born.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan1927 U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was born.

1941 Game show host Chuck Woolery was born.

1949 Actor Erik Estrada was born.

Gemini Program1966 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott successfully docked their Gemini spacecraft with another orbiting craft.

1971 American politician Thomas E. Dewey died.

Salyut 61978 Yuri Romanenko and Georgi M. Grechko returned from Salyut 6 after a record 96 days in space.
Reb Russell1978 Actor Reb Russell died.

1983 Actor Arthur Godfrey died.

1989 Basketball player Blake Griffin was born.

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