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Elizabeth Cady Stanton1815 American social reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born.

Jose de San Martin1820 José de San Martín captured Huacho, Peru.

Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin1840 Sculptor François-Auguste-René Rodin was born.

William T.G. Morton1846 William T.G. Morton and Charles T. Jackson were granted a patent for the use of sulfuric ether as an anesthetic.

1847 Sir James Young Simpson became the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1859 Jules Leotard performed the first ever flying trapeze act.

1892 William "Pudge" Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Athletic Association paid him $500 to play in a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

Alberto Santos-Dumont1906 Alberto Santos-Dumont became the first person to set an aviation record in Europe.

Wilbur Dorsey Clayton1911 Wilbur Dorsey Clayton, American jazz musician, was born.

1912 The bodies of the members of Scott's Antarctic expedition were found.

1915 Great Britain annexed the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.
1915 Haiti approved a treaty making it a protectorate of the United States.

1918 Austria became a republic.

Princess Grace1929 Actress Grace Kelly was born.

1933 Richard Rogers Bawker, editor, author, and publisher, died.
1933 The first known photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was taken.

Egas Moniz 1935 Egas Moniz performed the world's first prefontal lobotomy.

1936 The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.

1942 The Battle of Guadalcanal began.

1945 Musician Neil Young was born.

1946 The first drive-up bank window was opened by the Exchange National Bank in Chicago.

1948 Japanese premier Hideki Tojo was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.

1954 The U.S. immigration processing center on Ellis Island closed.

Nadia Comanechi1961 Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gymnast, was born.

1966 A total eclipse of the Sun was widely observed, and studied, in South America.

Voyager Program1980 Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Saturn.

1981 The Double Eagle 2 completed the first ever balloon crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

1984 Space shuttle astronauts carried out the first ever "space salvage" operation.

Erich Koch1986 Former Nazi official Erich Koch died.

Lyman Louis Lemnitzer1988 Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, U.S. and NATO General, died.

1990 Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for creation of a "World Wide Web."

1995 Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to go into space.

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