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1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.

1542 An English army defeated a Scottish army at the Battle of Solway Moss.

1562 Playwright Lope de Vega was born.

Empress Elizabeth1741 Elizabeth Petrovna seized the throne of Russia and became Empress Elizabeth.

1783 The British Army evacuated New York City.

1792 Farmer's Almanac was published for the first time.

Andrew Carnegie1835 Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born.

Karl Benz1844 Automobile inventor Karl Benz was born.

Carrie Nation1846 Temperance advocate Carrie Nation was born.

Ethelbert Nevin1862 Composer Ethelbert Nevin was born.

1863 The Battle of Missionary Ridge (Tennessee) was fought.

Alfred Nobel1867 Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

1874 The United States Greenback Party was established.

1876 United States Army troops sacked Chief Dull Knife's sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

Pope John XXIII1881 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, aka Pope John XXIII, was born.

1884 John B Meyenberg patented evaporated milk.

1885 King Alfonso XII of Spain died.

William DeHart Hubbard1903 Olympic track star William DeHart Hubbard was born.

1912 The American College of Surgeons was incorporated.

1914 Baseball player Joe DiMaggio was born.

Augusto Pinochet1915 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was born.

Ricardo Montalban1920 Actor Ricardo Montalban was born.

1926 Author Poul Anderson was born.

1940 Woody Woodpecker debuted with the release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock."
1940 NFL coach Joe Gibbs was born.

1941 Singer Percy Sledge was born.

1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball, died.

1947 Actor John Larroquette was born.

1949 Dancer Bill Robinson died.

1951 Baseball player Bucky Dent was born.

Charles F. Kettering1958 Inventor Charles F. Kettering died.

1960 Singer Amy Grant was born.
1960 John F. Kennedy, Jr., son of President John F. Kennedy, was born.

1963 President John F. Kennedy's funeral was held in Washington, D.C.

1968 Actress Jill Hennessy was born.
1968 Novelist Upton Sinclair died.

1971 "Dan Cooper" jumped out of an airplane over Washington with $200,000 in ransom money.
1971 Actress Christina Applegate was born.

1973 Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
1973 The maximum speed limit in the United States was cut to 55 miles per hour.

U Thant1974 U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations, died.

1976 Football player Donovan McNabb was born.

1981 Rollie Fingers became the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP award.

1984 Band Aid, which was founded by Bob Geldof to help raise money to assist famine stricken Ethiopia, recorded the single "Do They Know It's Christmas."

1986 The Iran-Contra Affair was made public.

1998 Comedian Flip Wilson died.

Fidel Castro2016 Cuban leader Fidel Castro died.

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