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1599 Painter Anton Van Dyck was born.

Jamestown1622 Powhattan Indians killed 347 colonists at Jamestown.

1638 Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Stamp Act1765 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.

1817 Confederate General Braxton Bragg was born.

Stephen Decatur1820 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.

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 prohibited in Puerto Rico.

1874 The Young Men's Hebrew Association was founded.

1884 American politician Arthur Vandenberg was born.

1887 Comic actor Chico Marx was born.

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 airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, began operations.

Lorenzo Dow Fuller Jr.1919 Singer Lorenzo Dow Fuller, Jr. was born.

1920 Actor Werner Klemperer was born.

1923 Performance artist Marcel Marceau was born.

1930 Evangelist Pat Robertson was born.
1930 Composer Stephen Sondheim was born.

1931 Actor William Shatner was born.

1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale of 3.2% beer and wine.

1934 U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch was born.

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 founded.

1947 Author James Patterson was born.

1948 Journalist Wolf Blitzer was born.
1948 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was born.

1952 Sportscaster Bob Costas was born.

1954 The world's first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.

1960 Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes were granted a patent for a laser.

1963 The Beatles released their first album, Please, Please Me.

Intelsat1967 Canary Bird, the third in the second series of Intelsat satellites, was launched from Cape Kennedy.
Muhammad Ali in 19671967 Muhammad Ali successfully defended his World Heavyweight Title for the ninth time by knocking out Zora Folley in seven rounds.

1972 The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.

1976 Actress Reese Witherspoon was born.

1978 Karl Wallenda died while trying to cross a 10-story-high tight-rope.

1990 A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of all charges related to the Exxon Valdez accident.

Mir1995 Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov left the Mir Space Station after having spent a record 438 days in space.

Shannon Lucid1996 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.

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