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1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
1498 Christopher Columbus embarked on his third voyage.
1539 Hernando de Soto landed at present-day Tampa Bay.
1574 King Charles IX of France died.
1593 Playwright Christopher Marlowe died.
1640 Painter Peter Paul Rubens died.
1744 Poet Alexander Pope died.
1778 Author Voltaire died.
1783 Benjamin Tower published the first daily newspaper in the United States, in Philadelphia.
1806 Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.
1821 James Boyd patented rubber fire hose.
1848 William G. Young
patented an ice cream freezer.
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law.
1858 The Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island were revoked.
1868 Memorial Day was first observed in the United States.
1908 Voice actor Mel Blanc was born.
1909 Jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman was born.
Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500, with an average
speed of 74.59 miles per hour.
1912 Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of the airplane, died.
1913 The First Balkan War ended with the signing of a treaty in London.
1922 The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.
1925 Peter DePaolo became the first man to average over 100 mph in the Indianapolis 500.
1935 Babe Ruth played his final game.
1943 Football player Gale Sayers was born.
1957 Sam Hanks won the Indianapolis 500 with a record average speed of 135.6 miles per hour.
1958 Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
1959 The world's first hovercraft (SR-N1) was tested at Cowes, England.
1960 Author Boris Pasternak died.
1961 Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated.
1964 A. J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500.
1966 Surveyor 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral on a course to the Moon.
Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu declared the Eastern Region of
Nigeria an independent republic called Biafra.
1975 The European Space Agency was formed.
1991 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police and can be held accountable for actions resulting from that advice.
1994 Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, died.
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