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Anne Boleyn1536 Anne Boleyn, wife of King Henry VIII of England, was executed.

1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor formed the United Colonies of New England.

1649 An act declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

Ohio Company1749 King George II granted a charter to the Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley.

1795 Philanthropist Johns Hopkins was born.

Charles Bagot1843 British diplomat Charles Bagot died.

1862 The Homestead Act became law.

1864 Author Nathaniel Hawthorne died.

Nancy Langhorne Astor1879 Nancy Langhorne Astor, the first woman to serve in the British House of Commons, was born.

1884 The Ringling Brothers Circus premiered.

1892 Charles Brady King invented the pneumatic hammer.

Jose Marti1895 Cuban freedom fighter José Marti died.

William Ewart Gladstone1898 William Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain, died.

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

1906 Federated Boys' Club (now Boys' Club of America) was organized.

Thomas Selfridge1908 Thomas Ethelon Selfridge became the first Army officer to pilot an airplane.

Belva Ann Lockwood1917 Belva Ann Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, died.

1921 Edward Douglas White, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died.

1925 Activist Malcolm Little was born.
1925 Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, was born.

1934 Journalist Jim Lehrer was born.

1935 Author T.E. Lawrence died.

1945 Who guitarist Pete Townshend was born.

1946 Professional wrestler André René Roussimoff (aka André the Giant) was born.
1946 Novelist Booth Tarkington died.

1949 ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill was born.
1949 Football player Archie Manning was born.

1951 Singer Joey Ramone was born.

1954 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was born.

Coleman Hawkins1969 Jazz musician Coleman Hawkins died.

1971 Poet Ogden Nash died.

1976 Golfer Arnold Palmer captained a Learjet 36 on a record 67-hour-26-minute around-the-world flight to mark the U.S. Bicentennial.

1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, widow of President John F. Kennedy, died.

2016 Television journalist Morley Safer died.
2016 Actor Alan Young died.

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