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1521 Pope Leo X gave King Henry VIII the title "Defender of the Faith."
1614 Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petitioned the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
1809 Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the first American expedition into the Northwest, was found dead.
1811 The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, began operation.
1844 Businessman Henry John Heinz was born.
1864 Slavery was abolished in Maryland.
1868 Thomas Edison patented an electric voice machine.
1872 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone was born.
1878 Kiowa warrior Satanta committed suicide.
1881 David Houston patented roll film for cameras.
1884 Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, was born.
1885 Novelist François Mauriac was born.
1890 The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded.
1899 South African Boers declared war on Great Britain.
1922 Alaska Davidson was appointed as the first female special investigator for the FBI.
1932 Singer Dottie West was born.
1936 "Professor Quiz," the first radio quiz show, premiered.
1949 Singer Daryl Hall was born.
Actor Marlon Brando and actress Anna Kashfi
1961 Comic actor Chico Marx died.
1966 Actor Luke Perry was born.
1968 The first manned flight using a Saturn rocket was made.
1975 "Saturday Night Live" debuted on NBC-TV.
1988 Puppeteer Wayland Flowers died.
1991 Comedian Redd Foxx died.
1992 George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot participated in the first ever three-way presidential debate.
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