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1684 Painter Antoine Watteau was born.
1731 Chemist Henry Cavendish was born.
1738 Painter Benjamin West was born.
1795 Samuel Fraunces, proprietor of historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City, died.
1813 Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was born.
1845 The United States Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Maryland.
1846 Astronomer William Lassell discovered Triton, the largest moon of Neptune.
1858 The first Overland Mail Company coach arrived in San Francisco, California.
1861 Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen was born.
1872 William Seward, Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia, died.
1886 Yoho National Park, in British Columbia, Canada, was created.
1900 Actress Helen Hayes was born.
Chinese Revolution began.
1913 Businessman Adolphus Busch died.
1917 Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk was born.
1924 Film director Ed Wood was born.
1927 Actor Dana Elcar was born.
1933 The first synthetic detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, went on sale.
1946 Actor Ben Vereen was born.
1954 Rock singer David Lee Roth was born.
1957 The USS Sargo was launched.
1958 Country singer Tanya Tucker was born.
world's first nuclear reactor to use boiling heavy water
and uranium to produce power was started in Halden,
1964 Singer Eddie Cantor died.
1969 Football player Brett Favre was born.
1970 The Fiji Islands gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1973 U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned from office and pled no contest to failing to report income for tax purposes.
1974 Auto racer Dale Earhart, Jr., was born.
1979 Panama assumed sovereignty over the Canal Zone.
1980 The Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network was dedicated.
1998 Clark McAdams Clifford, U.S. presidential advisor and Secretary of Defense, died.
2000 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, died.
2004 Actor Christopher Reeve died.
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