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Seth Warner1743 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.

1851 John Gorrie patented a refrigeration machine.
1851 Linus Yale patented the Yale lock.

1856 Psychologist Sigmund Freud was born.
Robert E. Peary1856 Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary was born.

Alexander von Humboldt1859 Scientist Alexander von Humboldt died.

1861 Arkansas and Tennessee seceded from the Union.
Jefferson Davis1861 Jefferson Davis approved a bill declaring war between the Confederacy and the United States.
1861 Hindu poet Rabindranath Tagore was born.

1877 Poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg died.

1882 The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Judah Philip Benjamin1884 Judah Philip Benjamin, lawyer, U. S. Senator, and Confederate Cabinet member, died

Eiffel Tower1889 The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.

Rudolph Valentino1895 Silent film star Rudolph Valentino was born.

Samuel P. Langley1896 Samuel P. Langley's steam-powered "airplane" made the first heavier-than-air flight.

William Thomas Sampson1902 U.S. Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson died.

Edward VII1910 King Edward VII of Great Britain died.

Orson Welles1915 Orson Welles, radio, movie, and television producer and actor, was born.

L. Frank Baum1919 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.

Works Progress Administration1935 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.

Corregidor1942 Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.

1945 Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore was born.
1945 Rock singer Bob Seger was born.

1947 An Allied-imposed constitution went into effect in Japan.
Actor Alan Dale was born.
1947 Actor Ben Masters was born.

1952 Actor Gregg Henry was born.
Maria Montessori1952 Educator Maria Montessori died.

1953 British Prime Minister Tony Blair was born.

Roger Bannister1954 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.
1957 Italian Premier Antonio Segni and his Cabinet resigned.

La Belle Hollandaise1959 A painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $154,000 at Sothrby's in London, England.

Princess Margaret1960 Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
Actress Roma Downey was born.
1960 Rock singer John Flansburgh was born.

1961 Actor George Clooney was born.
1961 Actor Clay O'Brien was born.

1964 Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo was born.

1965 Actress Leslie Hope was born.

1967 Rock musician Mark Bryan was born.

19681968 The John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois, was topped out.

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.

Giulio Andreotti2013 Long-time Italian politician Giulio Andreotti died.

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