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1429 The Siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc and the French army.

1718 The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded.

William Bainbridge1774 William Bainbridge, American naval hero, was born.

1800 Indiana Territory was organized.

Robert Browning1812 Poet Robert Browning was born.

Antonio Salieri1825 Composer Antonio Salieri died.

1832 Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire.

1833 Composer Johannes Brahms was born.

1840 A tornado killed 317 persons in Natchez, Mississippi.
Peter Tchaikovsky1840 Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born.

1847 The American Medical Association was organized.

1861 Poet Rabindranath Tagore was born.

1864 The Battle of the Wilderness ended.

Samuel Portland Chase1873 Samuel Portland Chase, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, died.
José Antonio Páez, the first President of Venezuela, died.

1885 Actor Gabby Hayes was born.

1892 Josip Broz Tito, dictator of Yugoslavia, was born.

1901 Actor Gary Cooper was born.

1902 La Soufrière volcano killed 1,680 persons on the island of St. Vincent.

Edwin Land1909 Edwin Herbert Land, inventor of Polaroid film and the Polaroid Land camera, was born.

1915 A German submarine sank the ocean liner Lusitania.

1919 Evita Peron, wife of Argentinian leader Juan Peron, was born.

1922 Actor Darren McGavin was born.

Hermann Oberth1931 Hermann Oberth launched his first liquid-fueled rocket.

1933 Football player Johnny Unitas was born.

James George Frazer1941 James George Frazer, a cultural anthropologist who became an authority on folklore, died.

1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea ended.

1945 Germany surrendered to the Allies, ending the war in Europe.

1946 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (now Sony) was founded.
1946 Singer Thelma Houston was born.

1947 "Kraft Television Theater" premiered on NBC.

Mackinac Bridge1954 Construction of the Mackinac Bridge began.

F-104A1958 An F-104A Starfighter set a world altitude record of 91,249 feet.

1962 Daredevil Robbie Knievel was born.

1970 "Long and Winding Road" became the last Beatles song to be released in America.

1991 Singer Dennis Crosby committed suicide.

1998 Singer Eddie Rabbitt died.

1999 Guinea-Bissau President João Bernardo Vieira was ousted by a military coup.

2000 Actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., died.

2002 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunged into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 persons.

2011 Golfer Seve Ballesteros died.

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