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1628 Author John Bunyan was born.

1660 The Royal Society formed in London.

1757 Poet William Blake was born.

1775 The Second Continental Congress formally established the U.S. Navy.

1785 The Treaty of Hopewell was signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people.

Baron von Steuben1794 Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben, Prussian officer who helped train the Continental Army, died.

1820 Philosopher Friedrich Engels was born.

1821 Panama declared its independence from Spain.

John Wesley Hyatt1837 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor of celluloid, was born.

1853 Olympia was created as the capital of Washington Territory.

1857 King Alfonxo XII of Spain was born.

Washington Irving1859 Author Washington Irving died.

1861 The Confederate Congress officially admited Missouri to the Confederacy.

1881 Biographer Stefan Zweig was born.

1905 Arthur Griffith formed Sinn Fein in Dublin.

1907 Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

1908 Anthropologist Claude LÚvi-Strauss was born.

Albania1912 Albania gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Kaiser Wilhelm II1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia and Germany abdicated.
1918 Bucovina voted for the union with the Kingdom of Romania.

Nancy Langhorne Shaw Astor1919 Nancy Langhorne Shaw Astor became the second woman to be elected to the British House of Commons, and the first to actually sit in that body.

1925 "Grand Ole Opry" premiered as "WSM Barn Dance" on WSM radio, Nashville, Tennessee.

Richard Byrd1929 Admiral Richard E. Byrd commanded the first ever flight to the South Pole.
1929 Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, was born.

1931 Actress Hope Lange was born.

James Naismith1939 James Naismith, inventor of basketball, died.

1943 U.S. President Franklin. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin met at Tehran.
1943 Musician Randy Newman was born.

1952 Actress S. Epatha Merkerson was born.

1959 Actor Judd Nelson was born.

1960 Mauritania gained independence from France.

1962 Comedian Jon Stewart was born.
1962 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands died.

1966 The Republic of Burundi was proclaimed.

1967 The first pulsating radio source (pulsar) was detected by postgraduate Jocelyn Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish.

Sir Grantley Herbert Adams1971 Grantley H. Adams, former Premier of Barbados and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation, died.

1975 The Democratic Republic of East-Timor was proclaimed.
1975 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night," the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, aired their last live episodes.

1976 Actress Rosalind Russell died.

1993 Television personality Garry Moore died.

1994 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in prison.
1994 Activist Jerry Rubin died.

2010 Actor Leslie Nielsen died.

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