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Pope John XXI died.
Treaty of Paris restored Gascony to the
English and arranged for the marriage of English
Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella.
Vasco da Gama became the first European to reach
India by sailing around the southern tip of
Magdeburg in Germany was seized by forces
of the Holy Roman Empire.
Massachusetts, formed the first school funded by
passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of
William Thornton, designer of
the U.S. Capitol, was born.
1768 Dolley Madison, wife of
President James Madison, was born.
Inventor William Congreve was born.
1775 Citizens of
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declared
independence from Britain.
1785 The Continental
Congress passed the Land Ordinance, providing for the division of all
territory north and west of the Ohio River.
Novelist Honoré de Balzac was born.
Philosopher John Stuart Mill was born.
Businessman William Fargo was born.
The first ever railroad timetable was
published in the Baltimore American.
1830 D. Hyde patented the
1834 French statesman Marquis de Lafayette died.
Inventor Émile Berliner was born.
Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in the
conflict between North and South.
1861 North Carolina became the
11th and last state to secede from the Union.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead
Act into law.
The last battle of the Spotsylvania Campaign was
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patened blue
jeans with copper rivets.
Mary Todd Lincoln was declared insane.
1875 International Bureau
of Weights and Measures was formed by treaty.
Novelist Sigrid Undset was born.
King Faisal I of Iraq was born.
The Kinetoscope was demonstrated to the public for the
George Sampson patented the clothes dryer.
Cuba became an independent republic.
Actor Jimmy Stewart was born.
Henry M. Flagler, developer of
Florida's east coast, died.
military leader Moshe Dayan was born.
George Gobel was born.
Charles Lindbergh set out to become the first person to
fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.
1927 Saudi Arabia became
independent of Great Britain.
Amelia Earhart set out to become the first woman to
fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 Bipin Chandra Pal, early leader of the Indian
independence movement, died.
Singer Joe Cocker was born.
Singer Cher was born.
Major James Jabara became the world's first jet
Chiang Kai-Shek became President of Nationalist
Japanese-Americans regained their U.S.
1959 Actor Bronson Pinchot was
Actress Mindy Cohn was born.
U.S. troops captured Hill 937/Hamburger
Hill in Vietnam.
1971 Race car
driver Tony Stewart was born.
families in the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls,
New York, were evacuated.
Gilda Radner died.
1990 The Hubble
Space Telescope transmitted its first pictures to
launched its first satellite.
aired the finale of "Cheers."
Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould died.
Randy Savage died.
Robin Gibb died.
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