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867 Pope Nicholas I died.

1312 King Edward III of England was born.

Henry the Navigator1460 Prince Henry "the Navigator" of Portugal died.

1775 American Revolutionary forces captured Montreal.

1779 Furniture maker Thomas Chippendale died.

Benjamin Franklin1789 Benjamin Franklin wrote "Nothing ... certain but death and taxes."

1830 Oliver Wendell Holmes published Old Ironsides.

1831 Physicist James C. Maxwell was born.

1833 Actor Edwin Booth was born.

1839 The first U.S. anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convened in New York.

1843 Mount Rainier erupted.

Robert Louis Stevenson1850 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was born.

1853 Actor John Drew was born.

1856 Jurist Louis D. Brandeis was born.

P. T. Barnum1865 P.T. Barnum's New American Musuem opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1865 The United States issued the first gold certificates.

1868 The American Philological Association was organized in New York City.

1872 Businessman L.L. Bean was born.

1875 Harvard and Yale held the first ever college football game with uniforms.
1875 The National Bowling Association was organized in New York City.

1895 The first shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii was delivered.

1913 The elastic brassiere was patented by Mary Phelps Jacob.

1927 The Holland Tunnel opened in New York City.

Hattie Caraway1931 Hattie Caraway was appointed the first U.S. woman Senator.

1933 Workers at the Hormel meat packing plant in Austin, Minnesota, staged the first modern sit-down strike.

1934 Journalist Peter Arnett was born.
1934 Film and television director Garry Marshall was born.

1937 NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio.

1938 Mother Frances Cabrini became America's first saint.

1940 The first Willys-Overland Jeep prototype was completed and submitted to the U.S. Army for approval.
1940 Walt Disney's Fantasia was released.

1942 The minimum draft age in the United States was lowered from 21 to 18.

1954 Actor Chris Noth was born.

1955 Actress Whoopi Goldberg was born.

1956 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation of races on public buses.

1967 Carl B. Stokes was sworn in as the first black mayor of a major city -- Cleveland, Ohio.

1971 Mariner 9 became the first man-made object to orbit another planet -- Mars.

1974 Nuclear plant worker Karen Silwood was killed in a car accident.

1977 The final strip of the comic "Li'l Abner" to be drawn by Al Capp was published.

Voyager1980 The U.S. spacecraft Voyager 1 sent back the first close-up pictures of Saturn.

1982 The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated.

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