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1646 King Charles I surrendered to the Scottish army.
1762 Russia and Prussia signed the Treaty of St. Petersburg, ending the Seven Years War.
1780 The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in Boston.
1789 The French Estates General assembled for the first time since 1614.
1809 Mary Kies became the first woman to be issued a U.S. patent, for weaving straw.
1816 The American Bible Society was founded in New York City.
1818 Economist Karl Marx was born.
1821 French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte died.
1847 The American Medical Association was organized, in Philadelphia.
Mexican forces defeated French forces at Puebla.
1863 The Battle of Tupelo (Mississippi) was fought.
1864 Journalist Nellie Bly was born.
1877 Sitting Bull led his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1890 Author Christopher Morley was born.
1891 Music Hall, aka Carnegie Hall, opened.
1900 The Billboard began weekly publication.
1901 The Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo, New York.
1902 Author Bret Harte died.
1908 The "Great White Fleet" arrived in San Francisco.
1913 Actor Tyrone Power was born.
1919 Georges Papadopoulos, dictator of Greece, was born.
1925 John T.Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee.
Sugar rationing began in the United States.
1943 Comedian Michael Palin was born.
Buses in London, England, were parked by a strike.
1961 Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
1979 Ludwig Erhard, Chancellor of West Germany, died.
1989 Singer Chris Brown was born.
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