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1519 Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci died.
1729 Catherine the Great, Czaress of Russia, was born.
1750 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.
1863 General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men.
Free State was formed by King Leopold II of Belgium.
1887 Hannibal W. Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.
1890 The Territory of Oklahoma was created.
1892 Manfred von Richtofen, aka the "Red Baron," was born.
1903 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.
German troops in Italy surrendered.
Inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary rioted.
1948 Singer Larry Gatlin was born.
1957 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy died.
1964 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.
1985 Milton Eisenhower, government official and university president, died.
2010 Actress Lynn Redgrave died.
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