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1272 King Henry III of England died.

1676 The first colonial prison was organized, at Nantucket Massachusetts.

1801 The first edition of the New York Evening Post was published.

1839 Poet Louis H. Fréchette was born.
William Murdock1839 William Murdock, inventor of gas lighting, died.

1841 Life preservers made of cork were patented by Napoleon Guerin.

1873 Composer W.C. Handy was born.

1875 William Bonwill patented a dental mallet to impact gold into cavities.

1895 Composer Paul Hindemith was born.

1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state.

1908 Actor Burgess Meredith was born.

1914 The Federal Reserve System formally opened.

1918 The Hungarian People's Republic was proclaimed.

1930 Author Chinua Achebe was born.

1933 The United States recognized the Communist government of Russia.

1938 LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1939 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler died.

1945 Yeshiva College, the first Jewish college in the United States, was chartered.
UNESCO1945 UNESCO was founded.

1956 Auto racer Terry Labonte was born.

1958 Actor Marg Helgenberger was born.

New England Patriots1959 The New England Patriots were founded (as the Boston Patriots).

Clark Gable1960 Actor Clark Gable died.

Samuel Rayburn1961 Samuel Rayburn, long-time member of the United States House of Representatives, died.

1963 The touch-tone telephone was introduced.

Dwight Gooden1964 Baseball player Dwight Gooden was born.

1965 Magician Harry Blackstone died.

1967 Actress Lisa Bonet was born.

Skylab1973 The last mission to Skylab was launched.

1977 Figure skater Oksana Baiul was born.

1981 Actor William Holden died.

2005 Game show creator Ralph Edwards died.

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