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964 Pope John XII died.

Jamestown1607 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.

Constitutional Convention1787 The Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia.

Edward Jenner1796 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.

Paraguay1811 Paraguay achieved independence from Spain.

1842 The Illustrated London News, the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, began publication.

Gail Borden1853 Gail Borden patented his process for condensing milk.

1862 Adolphe Nicole patented the chronograph.

Victoria Woodhull1870 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.

Jamsetji Tata1904 Jamsetji Nasarwanji Tata, Indian industrialist and philanthropist, died.

Carl Schurz1906 American politician Carl Schurz died.

1912 King Frederick VIII of Denmark died.

Henry John Heinz1919 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.

Israel1948 Israel became an independent nation as the last British troops left Palestine.

1952 Rock musician David Byrne was born.
Donald McMonagle1952 Astronaut Donald McMonagle was born.

1953 Rock musician Tom Cochrane was born.

1961 Actor Gary Cooper died.

1963 Kuwait became a member of the United Nations.

Frances Coralee Perkins1965 Frances Coralee Perkins, the first female member of the U.S. Cabinet, died.

1969 The last Chevrolet Corsair was built.
1969 Actress Cate Blanchett was born.

1970 Actress Billie Burke died.

Skylab1973 The Skylab space station was launched into earth orbit.
1973 The last new episode of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" aired on NBC-TV.

Hugh Beaumont1982 Actor Hugh Beaumont died.

1984 Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, was born.

1987 In Fiji, Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra was ousted in that nation's first ever military coup.
Rita Hayworth1987 Actress Rita Hayworth died.

1997 Magician Harry Blackstone, Jr. died.

1998 The last new episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC-TV.
1998 Singer Frank Sinatra died.

2003 Actor Robert Stack died.

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