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1521 The Edict of Worms outlawed Martin Luther and his followers.
1647 Massachusetts disallowed priest access to the colony.
1736 The British and their Chickasaw allies defeated the French at the Battle of Ackia (Louisiana).
1781 The Bank of North America was incorporated in Philadelphia.
1788 Mary Clark of England gave birth to a baby without a brain.
1798 The British killed about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.
1803 Writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton was born.
1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy.
1824 Brazil was recognized by the United States.
1836 John Loudon McAdam, inventor of the macadamized road surface, died.
1861 Union forces blockaded New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama.
1864 The Territory of Montana was formed.
1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided impeachment by one vote.
1879 Publisher Lord Beaverbrook was born.
1887 Racetrack betting became legal in New York State.
Jones began an index of 12 industrial stocks; it closed
1899 Painter Aaron Douglas was born.
1903 The first Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Adventures of the 3 Gables, was published.
President Calvin Coolidge signed the Immigration Law,
1927 The Ford Motor Company produced its 15 millionth Model T.
1930 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.
1934 The Century of Progress International Exposition opened for its second season.
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge opened.
1938 The House Committee on Un-American Activities began work.
1819 Charles Horace Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, died.
1941 John R. Brinkley, "the goat gland doctor," died.
1942 Belgian Jews were required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star.
1943 Jews rioted against Germany in Amsterdam.
1946 A U.S. patent was filed for the "H-Bomb."
1951 Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was born.
1958 The Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant was dedicated.
1964 The Moselle Canal opened.
1977 The movie Star Wars debuted.
1987 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that dangerous defendants can be held without bail.
2010 Television personality Art Linkletter died.
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