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Constitution Day (Tonga)

1529 English Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was arrested.

1619 Frederik V was crowned King of Bohemia.

1631 Ferdinand of Austria was installed as land guardian of South Netherlands.

Erie Canal1825 New York Governor De Witt Clinton formally declared the Erie Canal completed.

1841 The first wagon train arrived in California.
1841 Businessman Benjamin F. Goodrich was born.

1846 Benjamin Palmer patented the artificial leg.

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy1847 Composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy died.

1861 The University of Washington was founded.

Richard J. Gatling1862 Richard J. Gatling patented a rapid-fire machine gun.

1873 Dentist John Beers patented the gold crown.

1879 James Ritty patented a cash register.
Will Rogers1879 Humorist Will Rogers was born.

1890 Great Britain proclaimed Zanzibar as a protectorate.

1914 Actor Martin Balsam was born.

Walter Cronkite1916 Newscaster Walter Cronkite was born.

1918 Actor Art Carney was born.

1921 The Sturmabteilung (the "Brown Shirts") was formally formed by Adolf Hitler.

1922 Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's tomb.*

Golden Gate Bridge1930 San Francisco area voters approved a bond issue to build the Golden Gate Bridge.
1930 Actress Doris Roberts was born.

1937 Actress Loretta Swit was born.

1939 The first air conditioned automobile, a Packard, was exhibited, in Chicago, Illinois.

UNESCO1946 The UNESCO charter went effect.
1946 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was born.

1950 Actress Markie Post was born.

1955 Baseball player Cy Young died.

Pope John XXIII1958 Angelo G. Roncalli was crowned as Pope John XXIII.

1960 Actress Kathy Griffin was born.

1961 Actor Ralph Macchio was born.

1969 Actor Matthew McConaughey was born.

1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.

2008 Novelist Michael Crichton died.

2011 Television journalist Andy Rooney died.

2016 Singer Kay Starr died.

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