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Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)
1599 Painter Anton Van Dyck was born.
1622 Powhattan Indians killed 347 colonists at Jamestown.
1630 Boston, Massachusetts, enacted the first colonial legislation prohibiting gambling.
1638 Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1765 The Stamp Act went into effect.
1775 Edmund Burke presented his 13 Articles to the Westminster Parliament.
1794 Congress banned U. S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
1809 Charles XIII succeeded Gustav IV Adolf as King of Sweden.
1817 Confederate General Braxton Bragg was born.
1820 American naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel.
1822 The New York Horticultural Society was founded.
1829 Britain, France, and Russia established the borders of Greece.
1841 Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
1846 Illustrator Randolph Caldecott was born.
1861 The first nursing school in the United States was chartered.
1862 San Marino and Italy concluded a treaty of friendship and cooperation.
1868 Physicist Robert Millikan was born.
1869 Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines, was born.
1871 William Holden of North Carolina became the first Governor to be removed from office by impeachment.
1872 Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
1873 Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.
1874 The Young Men's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City, New York..
1884 American politician Arthur Vandenberg was born.
1887 Comic actor Chico Marx was born.
1888 The English Football League was established.
1894 The Montreal Hockey Club defeated the Ottawa Generals to win the first ever Stanley Cup competition.
1895 Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience.
1908 Author Louis L'Amour was born.
1912 Actor Karl Malden was born.
1914 The world's first scheduled airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, began operations.
1919 Singer Lorenzo Dow Fuller, Jr. was born.
1920 Actor Werner Klemperer was born.
1922 The Rand Rebellion in South Africa was ended by the police.
1923 Performance artist Marcel Marceau was born.
Evangelist Pat Robertson was born.
1931 Actor William Shatner was born.
1933 U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale of 3.2% beer and wine.
destroyed Hakodate, Japan, and killed about 1,500 people.
1935 Blood tests were authorized as evidence in court cases, in New York.
1936 Labor leader Ron Carey was born.
1941 Grand Coulee Dam began operating.
1943 Jazz musician George Benson was born.
1945 The Arab League was
1946 The United States
launched its first rocket to leave the Earth's
1947 Author James Patterson was born.
1948 Journalist Wolf
Blitzer was born.
1952 A Dutch DC-6
crashed near Frankfurt, Germany, killing 44 persons.
1954 The world's first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
1957 An earthquake with an estimated 5.7 magnitude struck the San Francisco, California, area.
Greek coastal vessel Dodecanessos sank in a
hurricane; all 20 persons aboard were presumed drowned.
1960 Arthur Schawlow and
Charles Townes were granted a patent for a laser.
1963 The Beatles released their first album, Please, Please Me.
1967 Canary Bird,
the third in the second series of Intelsat satellites, was launched from
1968 Jarmila Novotna resigned as President of Czechoslovakia.
1969 UCLA defeated Purdue 92-72 to win its 5th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in six years.
U. S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment to the
states for ratification.
1976 Actress Reese Witherspoon was born.
1978 The People's
Consultative Assembly of Indonesia unanimously reelected
General Suharto to his third consecutive term as
1979 The Israeli Knesset approved the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
1990 A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of all charges related to the Exxon Valdez accident.
1991 High school teacher Pamela Smart was found guilty of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband.
1992 A U.S. Air New York, New York-to Cleveland, Ohio, flight crashed after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, killing 27 persons.
1995 Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov left the Mir Space Station after having spent a record 438 days in space.
1996 Shannon Lucid began what would become a U.S. record for long-duration spaceflight (179 days) aboard the Mir Space Station.
2001 Cartoonist William Hanna died.
2009 Mount Redoubt, in Alaska, began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
boat capsized in Lake Albert, Uganda, killing 251
2016 Suicide bombings at Brussels, Belgium's, Zavantem Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station killed 28 persons and injuring 260.
2017 A terrorist attack on London, England's, Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament killed 4 persons, including a police officer, and injured 40.
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