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1749 Pierre Laplace, astronomer and mathematician, was born.

1797 Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.

1799 New York abolished slavery.

Asteroids1802 Heinrich W.M. Obers announced his discovery of a "planet" in the orbital path between Mars and Jupiter. (He had, in fact, actually discovered an asteroid.)

Wade Hampton1818 Confederate General Wade Hampton was born.

William Thornton1828 William Thornton, designer of the U.S. Capitol, died.

1854 Great Britain and France declared war on Russia.

1862 French statesman Aristide Briand was born.

1881 The "Greatest Show On Earth" was formed by P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey.

1885 The U.S. branch of the Salvation Army was organized.

Christian Herter1895 Christian Herter, U.S. Secretary of State, was born.

Marlin Perkins1905 Marlin Perkins, host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," was born.

David Josiah Brewer1910 David Josiah Brewer, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died.

Edmund Sixtus Muskie1914 U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie was born.

1924 Singer Sarah Vaughan was born.

1928 Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter, was born.

1941 Novelist Virginia Woolf died.

Samuel Ramey1942 Opera singer Samuel Ramey was born.

1944 Actor Ken Howard was born.

1953 Football player Jim Thorpe died.

1955 Singer Reba McEntire was born.

1958 Olympic gymnast Bart Conner was born.

Dwight D. Eisenhower1969 U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower died.

Three Mile Island1979 The worst accident in the United States involving a commercial nuclear reactor occurred at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Emmett Kelly1979 Emmett Kelly, creator of the "Weary Willie" clown character, died.

1985 The International Cometary Explorer measured solar wind ahead of Halley.

1987 Maria von Trapp, matriarch of the family featured in Sound of Music, died.

2004 Actor Peter Ustinov died.

2006 Caspar Weinberger, U.S. government official, died.

2012 Banjo player Earl Scruggs died.

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