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At the First Battle of St
Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeated and
captured King Henry VI of England.
The first life insurance policy in the United
States was issued in Philadelphia.
Martha Washington, wife of
President George Washington, died.
Vice-President Aaron Burr was indicted on
charges of treason.
1813 Composer Wilhelm Richard
Wagner was born.
1849 Abraham Lincoln patented a
Congressman Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner with a cane on
the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born.
1872 U.S. President
Ulysses S. Grant
signed the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law,
restoring full civil rights to all but about 500
Leroy Buffington patented a system for building
Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste
Associated Press was organized in New York City.
1900 Edmund S. Votey patented
the pneumatic piano player.
The Wright Brothers received a patent for their
Actor Laurence Olivier was born.
John Mackay made the first reported sighting of
the Loch Ness Monster.
The "Truman Doctrine" was signed into
1947 The first U.S. ballistic
missile was launched.
The last episode of "The Bob Hope Show"
aired on NBC-TV.
1960 Chile was hit by an
8.5 magnitude earthquake, followed by a tsunami
triggered by that earthquake.
The first ever revolving restaurant opened atop
Seattle's Space Needle.
"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuted.
1967 Author James Langston Hughes died.
President Richard Nixon confessed his role in the
The final episode of "Newhart" aired on
Johnny Carson ended his 30-year career as host of
"The Tonight Show."
13-year old Jordan Romero became the youngest
person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest.
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