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1328 The Kingdom of England recognized the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
1572 Pope Pius V died.
1672 Essayist Joseph Addison was born.
1704 The Boston Newsletter published the first newspaper advertisement.
1707 The Act of Union joined England and Wales with Scotland to form Great Britain.
1764 Architect Benjamin Latrobe was born.
1785 Kamehameha established the Kingdom of Hawai'i.
1813 Robert Hancock Hunter, early Texas pioneer, was born.
1840 The world's first adhesive postage stamps were issued by the United Kingdom.
1841 The first emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
1848 Phi Gamma Delta was founded, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1852 Frontierswoman Calamity Jane was born.
1863 The Battle of Chancellorsville began.
1867 Howard University was chartered.
first U.S. postal card was issued.
1893 The World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago.
1898 Admiral George Dewey won the Battle of Manila Bay.
1904 Composer Antonin Dvorák died.
1907 Singer Kate Smith was born.
1916 Actor Glenn Ford was born.
1918 Talk show host Jack Paar was born.
1919 Wichita, Kansas, dedicated its first airport.
1920 The longest Major League baseball game by innings was played; the Brooklyn Dodgers tied the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings.
1923 Author Joseph Heller was born.
1924 Game show host Art Fleming was born.
1925 Astronaut Scott Carpenter was born.
1931 The Empire State Building opened.
1938 Reorganization created the Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing Airplane Company.
1939 Singer Judy Collins was born.
1941 General Mills introduced Cheerios.
1943 Food rationing began in the United States.
1944 Singer Rita Coolidge was born.
1945 Nazi propoganda minister Joseph Goebbels committed suicide.
1948 North Korea proclaimed itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea.
1950 Actor Dann Florek was born.
1952 Hasbro introduced Mr. Potato Head.
1960 A U-2 spy plane
piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the
1964 The first BASIC program was run on a computer at Dartmouth.
1967 Singer Tim McGraw was born.
1971 Amtrak Railroad began operation.
1998 Activist Eldridge Cleaver died.
2011 Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS.
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