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1536 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.
1749 King George II granted a charter to the Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley.
1795 Philanthropist Johns Hopkins was born.
1843 British diplomat Charles Bagot died.
1862 The Homestead Act became law.
1864 Author Nathaniel Hawthorne died.
1879 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.
1895 Cuban freedom fighter José Marti died.
1898 William Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain, died.
1904 Jamsetji Nasarwanji Tata, Indian industrialist and philanthropist, died.
1906 Federated Boys' Club (now Boys' Club of America) was organized.
1908 Thomas Ethelon Selfridge became the first Army officer to pilot an airplane.
1917 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.
Activist Malcolm Little was born.
1934 Journalist Jim Lehrer was born.
1935 Author T.E. Lawrence died.
1945 Who guitarist Pete Townshend was born.
Professional wrestler André René Roussimoff (aka
André the Giant) was born.
1949 ZZ Top bassist
Dusty Hill was born.
1951 Singer Joey Ramone was born.
1954 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was born.
1969 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.
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