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The Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening a
person's right to challenge unlawful arrest and
imprisonment) was passed in England.
1703 Tsar Peter
the Great founded St. Petersburg, Russia.
Cornelius Vanderbilt was born.
Poet Julia Ward Howe was born.
Financier Jay Gould was born.
Frontiersman James Butler "Wild Bill"
Hickok was born.
The Battle of Hanover Court House was fought.
The Battle of Pickett's Mill was fought.
Dancer Isadora Duncan was born.
Author Dashiell Hammett was born.
Biologist Rachel Carson was born.
Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist Robert Koch died.
American politician Hubert H. Humphrey
1911 Actor Vincent Price was
Golfer Sam Snead was born.
Author Herman Wouk was born.
Actor Christopher Lee was born.
The first ever Le Mans 24-hour auto race ended with
a win for Andre Lagache and Renee Leonard.
1923 Henry Kissinger, U.S.
Secretary of State, was born.
The Yellow Air Cab Company was
chartered in Wichita, Kansas.
Drew invented masking tape.
1930 The Chrysler Building, in
New York City, opened to the public.
1930 William Sessions, director
of the FBI, was born.
1933 The Century of Progress International
Exposition opened in Chicago.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the National Industrial
1935 Actress Lee Meriwether was
The Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary
left Southampton on her maiden voyage to New
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic.
The German battleship Bismarck was sunk
by British ships.
Laszlo Biro patented the ballpoint pen.
1943 Actor Bruce Weitz was born.
Robert Ripley, of Ripley's Believe It or Not
Frank Sinatra made his television debut on NBC's
Actor Richard Schiff was born.
Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India, died.
Actor Todd Bridges was born.
Two Boeing 747's collided on the runway of
the Canary Islands airport, killing 582.
Robert B. Meyner, former
Governor of New Jersey, died.
Hall ended his final talk show.
1994 The live action Flintstones
1994 Larry King ended his radio
Actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed as the
result of being thrown from a horse during a
Businessman Victor Kiam died.
Movie producer Sydney Pollack died.
Actor Jeff Conway died.
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