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1410 Pope Alexander V died.
1776 Rhode Island declared its independence from Great Britain.
1780 The American Academy of Arts and Science was founded.
1796 Education reformer Horace Mann was born.
1814 French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Elba.
1824 Rufus Putnam, the "father of Ohio," died.
1825 Biologist Thomas Huxley was born.
1827 John Hanning Speke, African explorer, was born.
1865 The Battle of Mobile (Alabama) was fought.
1886 The Haymarket Riot took place in Chicago.
1896 The first edition of the London Daily Mail was published.
1904 The United States began work on the Panama Canal.
1910 Tel Aviv, Israel, was founded.
musician Maynard Ferguson was born.
1929 Actress Audrey Hepburn was born.
1940 Author Robin Cook was born.
1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea began.
1953 Singer Pia Zadora was born.
1881 Violinist-composer-conductor George Enescu died.
1959 Singer Randy Travis was born.
1970 National Guardsmen fired on students at Kent State University, killing four.
1975 Moe Howard, leader of The Three Stooges, died.
1979 Margaret Thatcher was elected as the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1980 Josip Broz Tito, dictator of Yugoslavia, died.
2009 Actor Dom DeLuise died.
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