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964 Pope John XII died.
1607 The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, in what is now Virginia.
1608 The Protestant Union was founded in Auhausen.
1610 King Henri II of France died.
1643 King Louis XIII of France died.
1686 Physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit was born.
1702 Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupied Warsaw.
1727 Painter Thomas Gainsborough was born.
1771 Social reformer Robert Owen was born.
1787 The Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia.
1796 Edward Jenner gave the first vaccination against smallpox.
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition set out from St. Louis on its mission to explore and map the Missouri and Columbia river basins.
1811 Paraguay achieved independence from Spain.
1842 The Illustrated London News, the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, began publication.
1853 Gail Borden patented his process for condensing milk.
1862 Adolphe Nicole patented the chronograph.
1870 Victoria Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin became the first female stockbrokers in America.
1878 Vaseline was first sold.
1889 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) was launched in London.
1904 Jamsetji Nasarwanji Tata, Indian industrialist and philanthropist, died.
1906 American politician Carl Schurz died.
1912 King Frederick VIII of Denmark died.
1919 Businessman Henry John Heinz died.
1935 Griffith Planetarium opened in Los Angeles.
1936 Singer Bobby Darin was born.
1942 The U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed.
1944 Film director George Lucas was born.
1948 Israel became an independent nation as the last British troops left Palestine.
musician David Byrne was born.
1953 Rock musician Tom Cochrane was born.
1961 Actor Gary Cooper died.
1963 Kuwait became a member of the United Nations.
1965 Frances Coralee Perkins, the first female member of the U.S. Cabinet, died.
last Chevrolet Corsair was built.
1970 Actress Billie Burke died.
The Skylab space station was launched into earth orbit.
1982 Actor Hugh Beaumont died.
1984 Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, was born.
Fiji, Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra was ousted in that
nation's first ever military coup.
1997 Magician Harry Blackstone, Jr. died.
last new episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC-TV.
2003 Actor Robert Stack died.
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