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1623 Massachusetts Colony was founded.

Sieur de La Salle1687 René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, French explorer of the Mississippi River, was murdered by his own men.

1702 Anne Stuart, daughter of James II, became Queen of England.

1748 The English Naturalization Act was passed, granting Jews the right to emmigrate to America.

David Livingstone1813 Missionary-explorer David Livingstone was born.

1831 The first bank robbery in the United States was committed -- the City Bank of New York was robbed of $245,000.

Wyatt Earp1848 "Wild West" figure Wyatt Earp was born.

William Jennings Bryan1860 American politician William Jennings Bryan was born.

Charles M. Russell1864 American artist Charles M. Russell was born.

1865 Confederate troops were routed at the Battle of Bentonville.

1872 Ballet producer Sergei Diaghilev was born.

1883 U.S. General Joseph Stilwell was born.

1917 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Adamson Act, establishing an 8-hour workday for railroad employees.

1918 The U.S. Congress authorized timezones and approved daylight saving time.

1920 The U.S. Congress voted against the Treaty of Versailles for the second and final time.

1931 Nevada legalized gambling.

1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all men between 45 and 64 to register for non-military duty.

1945 Adolf Hitler issued the Nero Decree -- ordering the complete destruction of all German facilities.

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