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1642 Montreal, Canada, was founded.

1652 Rhode Island became the first American colony to outlaw slavery.

Father Jacques Marquette1675 Father Jacques Marquette, French missionary and explorer, died.

1832 The United Free Church of Scotland was formed.

1852 Massachusetts became the first state to require children to attend school.

1863 The Seige of Vicksburg (Vriginia) began.

Czar Nicholas II1868 Czar Nicholas II of Russia was born.

1872 Bertrand Russell, philosopher and mathematician, was born.

1883 Architect Walter Gropius was born.

1892 Operatic tenor Ezio Pinza was born.

1896 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial separation constitutional (Plessy v Ferguson).

1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula was published.
1897 Film director Frank Capra was born.

1911 Composer Gustav Mahler died.

1912 Singer Perry Como was born.

1917 The Selective Service Act was passed.

1919 Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn was born.

Pope John Paul II1920 Karol Jósef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) was born.

1922 Actor Bill Macy was born.

1927 Grauman's Chinese Theatre opened in Hollywood, California.

1928 Actor Pernell Roberts was born.

1931 Artist Don Martin was born.

President Franklin Roosevelt1933 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Act.

1937 Baseball player Brooks Robinson was born.

1946 Baseball player Reggie Jackson was born.

1949 The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was incorporated.
1949 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman was born.

1952 Singer George Strait was born.

1953 Jacqueline Cochrane became the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1955 Educator Mary McLeod Bethune died.

1970 Actress Tina Fey was born.

Jeannette Rankin1973 Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, died.

1980 Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted.

1990 Actress Jill Ireland died.

1995 Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov died.
1995 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery died.

2004 Actor Tony Randall died.

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