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Daniel Boone1734 Daniel Boone, American explorer and backwoodsman, was born.

Marie Antoinette1755 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, was born.

Gaspar de Portola1769 Gaspar de Portolá reached San Francisco Bay.

James Knox Polk1795 James Knox Polk, 11th President of the United States, was born.

Warren G. Harding1865 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, was born.

1887 Singer Jenny Lind died.

1889 North Dakota became the 39th state.
1889
South Dakota became the 40th state.

Pan-American Exposition1901 The Pan-American Exposition closed.

1913 Actor Burt Lancaster was born.

1914 Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1917 British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour proposed the settlement of Jewish people in Palestine.

1920 The first regular radio broadcasts began, over station KDKA in Pittsburgh.

1938 Political commentator Pat Buchanan was born.

1942 Actress Stefanie Powers was born.

1944 Musician Keith Emerson was born.

Spruce Goose1947 The "Spruce Goose", the largest aircraft ever built, made its first and only flight at Long Beach Harbor, California.

1950 Playwright George Bernard Shaw died.

1955 David Ben-Gurion became the first Prime Minister of Israel.

Annette Dionne gives birth1958 Annette (Dionne) Allard gave birth to a son.

1960 The first Homo habilis fossils were discovered at Olduvai Gorge.
Lady Chatterley's Lover1960 A British jury found the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover "not guilty" of being obscene.

1961 Author James Thurber died.

1976 New Jersey voted to allow gambling in Atlantic City.

Salyut 61978 Vladimir Kovalenek and Alexander Ivanchenkov returned from the Salyut Space Station after a record 140 days in space.

1980 Bank robber Willie Sutton died.

1983 Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an official federal holiday.

Liberace1986 Liberace gave his last public performance, at Radio City Music Hall.

1992 Film producer Hal Roach died.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan2004 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, died.

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