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Bartolomeu Dias discovered the Cape of Good Hope.
Boston was struck by the worst earthquake ever
recorded in the Massachusetts Bay area.
Hessians captured Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The first Unitarian minister in the United States
was ordained, in Boston.
1787 Painter-inventor Louis Jacques
Daguerre was born.
Botanist Asa Gray was born.
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered
Dramatist William S. Gilbert was born.
Mark Twain published Celebrated Jumping Frog
of Calaveras County.
Pianist Ignace Paderewski was born.
Advice columnist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (who
wrote under the name Dorothy Dix) was born.
The National Woman's
Christian Temperance Union was organized in Cleveland.
Standard time was adopted by railroads in the United
States and Canada.
long-time head basketball coach at the University
of Kansas, was born.
1886 Chester Alan Arthur, 21st
President of the United States, died.
All railroads in the United States synchronized
their clocks to the "official time" of
the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Oahu Railway began public service in Hawaii.
The first newspaper Sunday color comics section
was published by the New York World.
Orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy was born.
George Gallup, founder of the Gallup Poll, was
The United States and Panama signed the
Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, granting the United
States exclusive right of way for the Panama Canal.
Prince Carl of Denmark was elected King of
Norway; he assumed the name Haakon VII upon his coronation.
Actress Imogene Coca was born.
Astronaut Alan Shepard was born.
Rhythm and blues singer Hank Ballard was born.
Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie debuted
in New York City.
The Transatlantic Cable was broken by a large
quake in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Spanish government of Francisco Franco was
recognized by Germany and Italy.
1936 The main span of
the Golden Gate Bridge was joined.
Actress Brenda Vaccaro was born.
Actress Linda Evans was born.
1947 Construction of Palomar Mountain
news/history program See It Now debuted
The Bell X-2 rocket plane was taken up for its
first powered flight.
Football player Warren Moon was born.
The U.S. Copyright Office issued its 10 millionth
The U.S. Ranger 2 was launched toward the Moon.
Physicist Niels Bohr died.
American politician Henry A. Wallace died.
Catholic bishops in the United States did away
with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
Joseph P. Kennedy, patriarch of the Kennedy
Russia landed a
self-propelled rover on the Moon.
31 people died in a fire at King's Cross,
London's busiest subway station.
Singer Cab Calloway died.
2002 Actor James
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