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1309 Pope Clement V excommunicated the entire population of Venice.

Ponce de Leon1513 Juan Ponce de León sighted Florida.

James I1625 King James I of England died.

1713 Spain lost Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht.

1785 King Louis XVII of France was born.

1790 The shoelace was invented.

President George Washington1794 President George Washington signed legislation authorizing the building of ships for a U.S. Navy.

1802 The Treaty of Amiens was signed, ending the French Revolutionary War.

1813 Lithographer Nathaniel Currier was born.

Andrew Jackson1814 Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

1836 The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.

1841 The first U.S.-built steam fire engine was tested in New York City.

Wilhelm Konrad Rontgen1845 Physicist Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen was born.

1848 John Parker Paynard developed medicated adhesive plaster.

1849 Joseph Couch patented a steam-powered percussion rock drill.

Nicolaus Sterne1852 Nicolas Adolphus Sterne, early Texas entrepreneur, died.

1854 The United Kingdom declared war on Russia.

1855 Abraham Gesner patented kerosene.

1860 M.L. Bryn patented the corkscrew.

1866 Andrew Rankin patented the urinal.

1884 The first long-distance telephone call was placed, New York-to-Boston.

1897 Actress Gloria Swanson was born.

Eisaku Sato1901 Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister of Japan, was born.

1912 The first Japanese cherry trees were planted in Washington, D.C.

1914 The first successful blood transfusion was performed in Brussels, Belgium.

1923 Chemist/physicist Sir James Dewar died.

1939 Automobile racer Cale Yarborough was born.

1952 Businessman Kiichiro Toyoda died.

1963 Film director Quentin Tarantino was born.

1964 Alaska was hit by a major earthquake.

Yuri Gagarin1968 Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was killed in an aircraft training accident.

1969 Singer Mariah Carey was born.

1971 Actor Nathan Fillion was born.

1972 Lithographer M.C. Escher died.

1991 Actor Aldo Ray died.

2002 Comedian Milton Berle died.
2002 Actor Dudley Moore died.
2002 Film director Billy Wilder died.

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