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Christopher Columbus1492 Christopher Columbus landed in America.

1537 King Edward VI of England was born.

1609 The children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" was published in London.

1773 America's first asylum for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' opened in Virginia.

Lyman Beecher1775 Presbyterian preacher Lyman Beecher was born.

Helena Modjeska1840 Actress Helena Modjeska was born.

1850 The first women's medical school, the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, opened.

1864 Roger Brooke Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died.

Robert E. Lee1870 Confederate General Robert E. Lee died.

1872 Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born.

1875 Occultist Aleister Crowley was born.

1892 The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.

1899 The South Africa Boer Republic declared war on Great Britain.

White House1901 President Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion the White House.

1921 American politician Philander Knox died.

John Dillinger1933 John Dillinger escaped from the Allen County, Ohio, jail.

1945 Wrestler Dusty Rhodes was born.

Bernarr Macfadden1955 Physical fitness "guru" Bernarr Macfadden died.

1958 A bomb explosion damaged a Reform Jewish temple in Atlanta, Georgia.
1958 An overloaded motor launch sank in heavy seas off the Philippines; 75 persons drowned.

1959 The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a January 16 ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voiding the murder conviction of Robert Lee Goldsby.

1964 Voskhod 1, the first 3-man space craft, was launched.

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed.

1968 Actor Hugh Jackman was born.
1968 Actor Adam Rich was born.

1969 Figure skater Sonja Henie died.

Dean Acheson1971 Dean Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State, died.
1971 Singer Gene Vincent died.

1985 Game show announcer Johnny Olson died.

1987 George Harrison released "Got My Mind Set On You."
Alfred Landon1987 Alfred Landon, Governor of Kansas and 1936 presidential candidate, died.

1992 The Microwave Observing Project began searching for extraterrestrial life.

1997 Singer John Denver was killed in a plane crash.

1999 The six billionth living human in the world was born.
Wilt Chamberlain1999 Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain died.

2003 Jockey Willie Shoemaker died.

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