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Georgicus Agricola1555 Geologist Georgius Agricola died.

1694 Author and philosopher Voltaire was born.

1783 Pilstre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes made the first manned free flight in a hot-air balloon.

1787 Businessman Samuel Cunard was born.

1789 North Carolina became the twelfth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1834 Businessman Frederick Weyerhaueser was born.

1854 Giacomo Marchesa della Chiesa (Pope Benedict XV) was born.

1871 Moses F. Gale patented a cigar lighter.

B.F. Mudge1879 Geologist B.F. Mudge died.

1899 The destroyer HMS Viper became the world's first naval ship to be powered by a steam turbine engine.

Coleman Hawkins1904 Jazz musician Coleman Hawkins was born.

1906 China banned the opium trade.

Surrender of the German Navy1918 The German Navy surrendered to the British Navy.

1920 Baseball player Stan Musial was born.

Rebecca Felton1922 Rebecca Latimer Felton became the first woman ever to be sworn in as a U.S. Senator.

1924 Florence Harding, widow of U.S. President Warren G. Harding, died.

1933 Actor Joseph Campanella was born.

1937 Actress Marlo Thomas was born.

1940 Musician Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., aka Dr. John, was born.

1942 Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuted in "Tale of Two Kitties."

1944 Actor Harold Ramis was born.

1945 Actress Goldie Hawn was born.

1946 Harry Truman became the first U.S. president to travel in a submerged submarine.

1952 Actress Lorna Luft was born.

1958 Baseball player Mel Ott died.

1959 Jack Benny (violin) and Richard Nixon (piano) played a duet at the President's Ball.*
1959 Boxer Max Baer died.

1962 The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.

Robert Stroud1963 Robert Stroud, better known as "The Birdman of Alcatraz," died.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge1964 The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn, New York, opened to traffic.

1966 Football player Troy Aikman was born.

1969 Baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr. was born.

1971 Football player Michael Strahan was born.

1974 The Freedom of Information Act was passed by Congress, overriding President Gerald Ford's veto.

1980 An estimated 83 million people tuned into "Dallas" to find out "Who Shot J.R.?"*
1980 A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas killed 85 people.*

1989 Television cameras were permitted inside the British House of Commons.

1993 Actor Bill Bixby died.

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