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1397 Pope Nicholas V was born.
1594 Naval commander and adventurer Martin Frobisher died.
1630 Astronomer Johannes Kepler died.
1708 British statesman William Pitt was born.
1738 Astronomer William Herschel was born.
1763 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.
1776 Swedish educator and poet Per Henrik Ling was born.
1777 The Articles of Confederation were approved by the Continental Congress.
1791 The first Catholic college in the United States, Georgetown, opened.
Zebulon Pike sighted the peak that now bears his name.
1827 The Creek Nation lost all of its land in the United States.
1839 Inventor William Murdock died.
1862 German writer Gerhart Hauptmann was born.
1869 The United States Post Office formally inaugurated free mail delivery.
1881 The American Federation of Labor was founded.
1882 Jurist Felix Frankfurter was born.
1887 Painter Georgia O'Keeffe was born.
1891 German tank commander Erwin Rommel was born.
1897 John Mercer Langston, the first African-American to be elected to public office in the United States, died.
1906 U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay was born.
1919 Original "People's Court" judge Joseph Wapner was born.
1920 The League of Nations Assembly met for the first time in Geneva.
1932 Singer Petula Clark was born.
1935 Manuel Quezon was inaugurated as the first President of the Philippines.
1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.
York City's Midtown Tunnel, linking Manhattan and Queens,
opened to traffic.
1952 Wrestler Randy Savage was born.
1954 Actor Lionel Barrymore died.
British airliner crashed on the Isle of Wight, killing 43
of the 58 persons aboard.
world's largest tanker, the Princess Sophia, was
launched at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company's Fore
1960 The U.S.S. George Washington, the first U.S. submarine armed with thermonuclear missiles, sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, on its first patrol.
1963 Ibrahim Abboud, military leader of the Sudan, resigned in favor of a provisional civilian government.
1966 The last flight of the Gemini space program came to an end with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
1969 The first Wendys Hamburgers restaurant opened.
1978 Anthropologist Margaret Mead died.
1996 Alger Hiss, accused Communist and spy, died.
1998 Civil rights advocate Stokely Carmichael died.
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