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1496 King Gustavus I of Sweden was born.

1551 San Marcos University opened in Lima, Peru.

1670 King Augustus II of Poland was born.

1689 England and the Netherlands formed the League of Augsburg.

1733 Maria Theresa was crowned Queen of Bohemia.

1789 The Society of St. Tammany was formed by Revolutionary War veterans.

Comte de Rochambeau1807 Comte de Rochambeau, French General in the American Revolution, died.

1812 Author Edward Lear was born.

Florence Nightingale1820 Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, was born.

1850 American politician Henry Cabot Lodge was born.

1864 The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse (Virginia) was fought.
Jeb Stuart1864 Confederate General Jeb Stuart died.

1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada.

1880 Polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth was born.

1881 Tunisia became a French protectorate.

Bedrich Smetana1884 Composer Bedrich Smetana died.

1901 Businessman Max Kohl was born.

1907 Actress Katharine Hepburn was born.

1908 Wireless radio broadcasting was patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield.

Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin1910 Chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was born.

1918 Cosmetics company founder Mary Kay Ash was born.

1925 Baseball player Yogi Berra was born.
1925 Poet Amy Lowell died.

1926 Umberto Nobile flew over the North Pole.

1929 Pianist Burt Bacharach was born.

1932 The body of Charles Lindbergh's kidnapped son was found.

1936 Talk show host Tom Snyder was born.

1937 Comedian George Carlin was born.

1948 Musician Steve Winwood was born.

1949 The Soviet blockade of West Berlin ended.

1950 Actor Bruce Boxleitner was born.
1950 Musician Billy Squier was born.

NORAD1958 The United States and Canada signed an agreement to establish what is now the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

1962 Actor Emilio Estevez was born.

1966 Actor Stephen Baldwin was born.

1968 Skateboarder Tony Hawk was born.

1969 Actress Kim Fields was born.

Nelly Leonie Sachs1970 Nobel Prize-winning poet Nelly Leonie Sachs died.

1975 The U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces.

1977 Pink Floyd performed the world's first quadrophonic concert in London, England.

1992 Actor Robert Reed died.

1993 The last new episode of "Knot's Landing" was aired by CBS-TV.
1993 The last new episode of "Cheers" was aired by NBC-TV.

2001 Singer Perry Como died.

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