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1743 Seth Warner, leader of the Green Mountain Boys, was born.
1758 French statesman Robespierre was born.
1840 The first postage stamp was issued in England.
Gorrie patented a refrigeration machine.
Psychologist Sigmund Freud was born.
1859 Scientist Alexander von Humboldt died.
Arkansas and Tennessee seceded from the Union.
1877 Poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg died.
1882 The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1889 The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
1895 Silent film star Rudolph Valentino was born.
1896 Samuel P. Langley's steam-powered "airplane" made the first heavier-than-air flight.
1902 U.S. Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson died.
1910 King Edward VII of Great Britain died.
1915 Orson Welles, radio, movie, and television producer and actor, was born.
1919 Author L. Frank Baum died.
1927 Inventor Hudson Maxim died.
1931 Baseball player Willie Mays was born.
1934 Richard Shelby, U.S. Senator, was born.
1935 The Works Progress Administration was established.
1937 The German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
1942 Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore was born.
Allied-imposed constitution went into effect in Japan.
Actor Gregg Henry was born.
1953 British Prime Minister Tony Blair was born.
1954 Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
1955 Tom Bergeron, television personality, was born.
1957 The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in two cases that a license to practice law
may not be refused solely on the grounds of past
membership in the Communist party.
1959 A painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $154,000 at Sothrby's in London, England.
Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster
1961 Actor George
Clooney was born.
1964 Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo was born.
1965 Actress Leslie Hope was born.
1967 Rock musician Mark Bryan was born.
1971 Rock musician Chris Shiflett actress.
1979 About 65,000 persons demonstrated against nuclear power in Washington, D.C.
1983 Actress Adrianne Palicki was born.
1994 The Channel Tunnel between Great Britain and France was formally opened.
1998 Astronomers announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in 1 trillion years.
2002 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician, died.
2003 Kmart Corporation emerged from bankruptcy after more than 15 months of Chapter 11 protection.
2013 Long-time Italian politician Giulio Andreotti died.
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