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1469 Italian Renaissance author Niccolò Machiavelli was born.
1494 Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica.
1626 Native Americans sold Manhattan Island for the equivalent of $24.
1662 Connecticut was granted a royal charter.
1715 A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella in Paris.
1758 Pope Benedict XIV died.
1765 The first American medical school opened in Philadelphia.
1780 The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded.
1802 Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
1846 The State of Michigan abolished the death penalty.
1849 Jacob A. Riis, newspaperman and social reformer, was born.
1850 "Wild West" outlaw Johnny Ringo was born.
Battle of Fredericksburg was fought.
1871 "Wild West" outlaw Emmett Dalton was born.
1898 Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was born.
1903 Singer Bing Crosby was born.
1906 Actress Mary Astor was born.
1913 Playwright William Inge was born.
1916 Irish revolutionary Thomas James Clarke was executed for his participation in the Easter Rising.
1919 Singer/songwriter Pete Seeger was born.
1921 West Virginia
imposed the first state sales tax in America.
1923 New York repealed Prohibition laws.
1932 Al Capone entered Atlanta Penitentiary after being convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 Singer James Brown was born.
1934 Singer Frankie Valli was born.
1935 Businessman Ron Popeil was born.
1940 Businessmen David and William Koch were born.
1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea began.
1947 Magician Doug Henning was born.
1951 Singer Christopher Cross was born.
1952 The Kentucky Derby was televised for the first time.
1971 National Public Radio began broadcasting.
1973 The Sears Tower in Chicago became the world's tallest building.
1975 Actor Dulé Hill was born.
1978 The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1986 Actor Robert Alda died.
2000 John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, died.
2007 Astronaut Wally Schirra died.
2011 Actor Jackie Cooper died.
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