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1541 Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River.
1587 Three ships set sail from England, bound for Roanoke Island, Virginia.
1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti became Pope Innocent XIII.
1737 Historian Edward Gibbon was born.
1792 George Vancouver sighted and named Mount Rainier.
1794 Chemist Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier died.
1819 King Kamehameha I of Hawaii died.
1828 Jean-Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, was born.
1840 Alexander Wolcott patented a photographic process.
1846 The Battle of Palo Alto (Texas) was fought.
1847 Scott Robert Thompson patented the rubber tire.
1861 Richmond, Virginia, was named capital of the Confederate States of America.
1864 The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse (Virginia) began.
1873 Philosopher John Stuart Mill died.
1877 The first Westminster Dog Show was held.
1878 The first unassisted triple play in organized baseball was accomplished by Paul Hines.
1879 George Selden applied for a patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1884 Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was born.
1886 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sold the first Coca-Cola.
1895 Televangelist Fulton J. Sheen was born.
1899 Ernest Rutherford published his discovery of two different kinds of radiation.
1902 Mount Pelee erupted, wiping out St Pierre, Martinique, and killing 30,000.
1903 Painter Paul Gauguin died.
1904 Eadweard Muybridge, pioneer in the field of "stop-action" photography, died.
1907 Edmund G. Ross, U.S. Senator who cast the deciding vote against impeaching President Andrew Johnson, died.
1912 Paramount Pictures was founded.
1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment.
1926 Naturalist David
Attenborough was born.
1932 Boxer Sonny Liston was born.
1940 Author Peter
Benchley was born.
1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea ended in an Allied victory.
1945 The Allies declared victory in Europe (V-E Day).
first issue of Mad Magazine was published.
1953 Drummer Alex Van Halen was born.
1955 Actor Stephen Furst was born.
1963 The James Bond movie Dr. No premiered in the United States.
Actress Melissa Gilbert was born.
1966 Frank Robinson became the only player ever to hit a baseball completely out of Baltimore's Memorial Park.
1970 The Beatles released their Let It Be album.
1972 Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, died.
1975 Singer Enrique Iglesias was born.
1976 M.B. Skaggs, founder of Safeway, died.
1978 David Berkowitz pleaded guilty to six of the "Son of Sam" killings.
1980 The World Health Organization announced that smallpox had been eradicated.
1994 Actor George Peppard died.
2008 Singer Eddy Arnold died.
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