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1291 Scottish nobles recognized the authority of King Edward I of England.
1624 Dutch Admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquered Salvador da Bahia (Brazil).
1652 John Johnson, a free African-American, was granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia.
1774 King Louis XV of France died.
1775 The Second Continental Congress met for the first time.
1787 The British Parliament impeached Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal.
1796 Napoleon Bonaparte defeated an Austrian army in the Battle of Lode Bridge.
1797 The first U. S. Navy ship, the United States, was launched.
1798 Explorer George Vancouver died.
1801 The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the United States.
1818 Paul Revere, Revolutionary patriot and silversmith, died.
1824 The National Gallery in London, England, opened to the public in a townhouse on Pall Mall.
1838 Actor-turned-assassin John Wilkes Booth was born.
1857 Indian soldiers in Meerut rebelled against their British superiors.
1863 Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson died.
1865 Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured at Irwinsville, Georgia.
1869 The last spike of the Transcontinental Railroad was driven at Promontory Point, Utah.
1871 The Franco-Prussian war ended.
1872 The Equal Rights Party nominated Victoria Woodhull as the first female presidential candidate in U. S. history.
1873 Father Damien began ministering to the lepers of Hawaii.
1876 The Centennial Fair opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1894 Workers at the Pullman factory outside Chicago went on strike, sparking the first nationwide labor strike in U.S. history.
1893 Eddie Lunze rode Lookout to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1898 Historian Ariel Durant was born.
1899 Dancer/actor Fred Astaire was born.
1902 Film and television producer David O. Selznick was born.
1904 Journalist-explorer Henry Morton Stanley died.
1905 Jack Martin rode Agile to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1906 The Russian Duma
(Parliament) met for the first time.
1910 Fred Herbert rode Donau to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1913 Roscoe Goose rode Donegal to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1919 Johnny Loftus
rode Sir Barton to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1920 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor of Celluloid, died.
1922 Dr. Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the English Bar.
1924 J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the F. B. I.
1925 William Massey, Prime Minister of Australia, died.
1929 Walter Hagen won the British Golf Open.
1930 Adler Planetarium opened in
Chicago, Illinois (the first in the U. S.).
1940 Germany invaded
Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands.
1944 Moina Belle Michael, creator of the Memorial Poppy, died.
1945 Allied troops liberated Rangoon,
Burma, from the Japanese.
1946 Singer Donovan Leitch was born.
1947 Andrew H. Card, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Transportation, was born.
1955 Mark David Chapman, killer of John Lennon, was born.
1957 Colombian President Rojas Pinilla was
ousted by a 5-man military junta headed by Major General
1958 The U.S.
Navy's Pacific Missile Range at Point Arguello,
California, was dedicated.
1960 The atomic
submarine USS Triton completed the first
submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
1969 A second causeway across Lake Pontchartrain, in Louisiana, was opened to traffic.
1973 The New York Knicks defeated the
Los AngelesLakers for the NBA Championship.
1975 Auto racer Helio Castroneves was born.
1977 Actress Joan Crawford died.
1979 The Federated States of Micronesia became self-governing.
1983 The last new episode of "Laverne and Shirley" aired on ABC-TV.
1993 Fire in a Bangkok, Thailand, factory killed 145 persons.
1994 Nelson Mandela was sworn in as
South Africa's first black President.
1999 Poet Shel Silverstein died.
2000 A baby girl born at Delhi'sSafdarjung Hospital was designated as India's 1 billionth person.
2005 A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian landed about 65 feet from U. S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech in Tbilisi, Georgia, but did not detonate.
2012 Two bombings in Damascus, Syria,
killed 55 persons and injured 370 others.
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