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1512 Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited.

1604 William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first presented.

1611 Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Tempest" was first presented.

1700 King Charles II of Spain died.

Portugal Earthquake of 17551755 Lisbon, Portugal, was virtually destroyed by a major earthquake.

Daniel Burnap1759 Clockmaker Daniel Burnap was born.

Spencer Perceval1762 Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.

1776 Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in California.

1783 The Continental Army was officially dissolved.

White House1800 Construction of the White House was completed.

1814 The Congress of Vienna opened.

Crawford Williamson Long1815 Physician Crawford Williamson Long was born.

1848 The first medical school for women in the United States opened in Boston.

1866 The United States passed its first ever Civil Rights Act.

1867 The first issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine was published.

1870 The U.S. Weather Bureau began operations.

1871 Novelist Stephen Crane was born.

1880 Novelist Sholem Asch was born.

1889 North and South Dakota entered the Union as the 39th and 40th states, respectively.

1894 Tsar Alexander III died.

Trans-Mississippi Exposition1898 The Trans-Mississippi International Exposition closed.

1910 The first issue of Crisis was published by editor W E B Du Bois.

1920 Columnist James J. Kirkpatrick was born.

1930 Alfred Wegener, "creator" of the Continental Drift Theory, was born.

1931 Dupont introduced synthetic rubber.

1932 Wernher von Braun was named head of the German liquid-fuel rocket program.

Century of Progress International Exposition1933 The Century of Progress International Exposition ended its first season.

1935 Golfer Gary Player was born.

1939 The first animal conceived by artificial insemination (a rabbit) was displayed.
1939 The world's first jet plane, Heinkel He 178, was demonstrated to the German Air Ministry.
1939 Actress Barbara Bosson was born.

1942 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt was born.

1943 U.S. troops landed on Bougainville Island in the Solomons.

1945 The first issue of Ebony magazine was published by John H. Johnson.

1950 Two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to invade Blair House and assassinate President Harry Truman.

1952 The United States tested the world's first hydrogen bomb.

1955 Author Dale Carnegie died.

Mackinac Bridge1957 The Mackinac Bridge -- connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan -- opened to traffic.
1957 Country singer Lyle Lovett was born.

1959 Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a hockey mask.

1960 Baseball player Fernando Valenzuela was born.

1963 Drummer Rick Allen was born.

1972 Model Jenny McCarthy was born.
Ezra Pound1972 Author Ezra Pound died.

1979 Baseball player Coco Crisp was born.
1979 Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President
Dwight D. Eisenhower, died.

1982 Actor James Broderick died.
1982 Film director King Vidor died.

1985 Actor Phil Silvers died.

1994 Actor Noah Beery, Jr. died.

1999 Football player Walter Payton died.

2007 Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, died.

2008 Drummer Jimmy Carl Black died.

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