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1268 Pope Clement IV died.

1314 King Philippe IV of France died.

1516 Painter Giovanni Bellini died.

1530 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died.

1775 Sir James Jay invented invisible ink.

1799 Educator Bronson Alcott was born.

1803 Physicist Christian Doppler was born.

1811 American reformer Wendell Phillips was born.

Louisa May Alcott1832 Author Louisa May Alcott was born.

Marcus Whitman1847 Missionary Marcus Whitman, his wife, and 12 others were killed by Cayuse Indians.

1864 The Colorado militia killed about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek.

Horace Greeley1872 Newspaper publisher Horace Greeley died.

Egas Moniz 1874 Neurologist Egas Moniz was born.

Nellie Tayloe Ross1876 Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman to serve as Governor of a state and as Director of the U.S. Mint, was born.

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

1887 The United States received rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii.

1890 The first US Army - US Navy football game was played, at West Point (final score was Navy 24, Army 0).

1895 Film director Busby Berkeley was born.
William V.S. Tubman1895 Liberian President William V.S. Tubman was born.

1898 Novelist C.S. Lewis was born.

Adam Vlayton Powell Jr.1908 U.S. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was born.

1910 The first U.S. patent for a traffic lights system was issued to Ernest Sirrine.

1918 Serbia annexed Montenegro.

1924 Composer Giacomo Puccini died.

1927 Sports journalist Vin Scully was born.

1928 U.S. Senator Paul Simon was born.

1929 Richard E. Byrd, Bernt Balchen, Harold June, and Ashley McKinley became the first persons to fly to the South Pole.

1932 Jacques Chirac, President of France, was born.

1940 Musician Chuck Mangione was born.

1942 Actress Diane Ladd was born.

1944 Johns Hopkins Hospital performed the first open heart surgery.

1945 The Yugoslavian Socialist Republic was proclaimed.

1947 The U.N. General Assembly partitioned Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

1948 "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC.

1949 Comedian Garry Shandling was born.

Walter Herschel Beech1950 Aircraft pioneer Walter Herschel Beech died.

1954 Physicist Enrico Fermi died.

1955 Comedian Howie Mandel was born.

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel1957 The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel was opened to traffic.

1961 Freedom Riders were attacked by a white mob at a bus station in Mississippi.

1963 The Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

1972 Nolan Bushnell released Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.

1974 Businessman H.L. Hunt died.

1981 Actress Natalie Wood died.

1982 Drag racer Ashley Force was born.

1986 Actor Cary Grant died.

1991 Actor Ralph Bellamy died.

1999 Game show host Gene Rayburn died.

2001 Musician George Harrison died.

2004 Actor John Drew Barrymore died.

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