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King John1216 King John of England died.

1405 Pope Pius II was born.

1417 Pope Gregory XII died.

1503 Pope Pius III died.

1748 The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ended the War of Austrian Succession.

Mason-Dixon Line1767 The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, aka Mason-Dixon Line, was agreed upon.

1859 Philosopher Henri Bergson was born.

1862 Morgan's Raiders captured the Federal garrison at Lexington, Kentucky.

1863 The Battle of Charlestown (West Virginia) was fought.

Alaska1867 The United States formally took possession of Alaska by raising a U.S. flag over Sitka.

Charles Babbage1871 Mathematician Charles Babbage died.

1873 Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale set rules for collegiate football.

1878 Historian James Truslow Adams was born.

1889 The first ever all-New York City World Series game was played, between the NY Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1892 The first commercial long distance phone line was opened, between Chicago and New York City.

Lucy Stone1893 Lucy Stone, women's rights and anti-slavery advocate, died.

Puerto Rico1898 The United States took formal possession of Puerto Rico.

1908 Belgium anexed the Congo Free State.

Balkan Wars1912 The First Balkan War broke out.

1918 Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

1919 Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

1921 U.S. Senator Jesse Helms was born.

1922 The British Broadcasting Company was incorporated.

1926 Singer Chuck Berry was born.

1927 Actor George C. Scott was born.

Thomas Edison1931 Inventor Thomas Edison died.

1939 Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was born.

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial1945 The International Military Tribunal met in Berlin to prepare charges against Nazi German officers and officials.

Laura Nyro1947 Folk singer-songwriter Laura Nyro was born.

1951 Actress Pam Dawber was born.

1954 Texas Instruments Inc. announced the first transistor radio.

1955 The University of California discovered the anti-proton.

1956 Tennis player Martina Navratilova was born.

Luna Program1959 The first ever photographs of the "dark side" of the Moon were transmitted to Earth by Luna 3.

1960 Actress Erin Moran was born.
1960 Actor Jean Claude Van Damme was born.

1961 Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis was born.

1967 Walt Disney's Jungle Book was released.

1968 Circus Circus opened in Las Vegas.

1973 Cartoonist Walt Kelly died.

1982 Bess Truman, wife of President Harry S Truman, died.

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