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Leonardo da Vinci1519 Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci died.

1729 Catherine the Great, Czaress of Russia, was born.

John Andre1750 John André, the British officer who accepted Benedict Arnold's offer to surrender West Point, was born.

1776 France and Spain agreed to support the American independence effort by providing weapons.

Louisiana Purchase1803 The United States agreed to purchase the Louisiana Territory from France for about $15 million.

Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson1863 General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men.

1885 Congo Free State was formed by King Leopold II of Belgium.
1885
The first edition of Good Housekeeping was published.
1885 Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper was born.

1887 Hannibal W. Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.

1890 The Territory of Oklahoma was created.

Manfred von Richtofen1892 Manfred von Richtofen, aka the "Red Baron," was born.

Dr. Benjamin Spock1903 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock was born.

1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" was registered for copyright.

1936 Singer Engelbert Humperdinck was born.

1941 Film and television producer Stephen J. Cannell was born.

1945 German troops in Italy surrendered.
1945 Berlin surrendered to Russian troops.

1946 Inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary rioted.
1946 Singer Lesley Gore was born.

1948 Singer Larry Gatlin was born.

Joseph McCarthy1957 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy died.

Nancy Langhorne Astor1964 Nancy Langhorne Astor, the first woman to serve in the British House of Commons, died.

1969 The Queen Elizabeth II began its maiden voyage.

1972 F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover died.

1975 Soccer player David Beckham was born.

Milton Eisenhower1985 Milton Eisenhower, government official and university president, died.

2010 Actress Lynn Redgrave died.

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