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Cape Cod was discovered by English
navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.
1701 The War of
the Spanish Succession began.
Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's
first machine gun.
American statesman James Gadsden was born.
The first private mental health hospital
in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief
of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason
(now Friends Hospital), opened in Philadelphia,
Élie Metchnikoff was born.
Louisa Adams, wife of U.S. President John Quincy
Walt Whitman published the first
edition of his Leaves of Grass.
Author L. Frank Baum was born.
Chemist Pierre Curie was born.
The United States Department of Agriculture was
created by act of Congress.
The National Woman Suffrage Association
1873 Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the first Prince of Romania, died.
Poet Emily Dickinson died.
The British Central African Protectorate
(now Malawi) was formed.
Gilmore became the first person to fly a powered
1902 Richard J. Daley, long-time
Mayor of Chicago, was born.
1904 Étienne-Jules Marey, pioneer in motion-picture technology,
Las Vegas, Nevada, was founded.
The U.S. Supreme Court dissolved Standard
Norgay, Edmund Hillary's guide/assistant during
the first known ascent of Mount Everest, was
The United States began regular air-mail service.
1918 Singer Eddy Arnold was
Mickey Mouse made his first ever
appearance in the silent film Plane Crazy.
The U.S. Department of Justice offered a $25,000
reward for John Dillinger, dead or
diplomat Madeleine Albright was born.
The U.S. Congress approved the Truman Doctrine.
Music producer Brian Eno was born.
Baseball player George Brett was born.
1953 Musician Mike Oldfield was
Billy Graham began a 100-day
series of revival meetings in New York City, New
The last Project Mercury flight, L. Gordon
Cooper in Faith 7, was launched.
Edward Hopper died.
Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays were named as the
first female U.S. Generals.
player Goose Goslin died.
Governor George Wallace of Alabama was
shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland.
Robert Gordon Menzies, former
Prime Minister of Australia, died.
2003 Singer June
Carter Cash died.
Televangelist Jerry Falwell died.
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