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King Charles VI of France died.
1521 Ferdinand Magellan entered the strait that now bears his
The English Parliament refused to
recognize Philip of Spain as king.
Artist Hokusai was born.
Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born.
The word "Liberty" was displayed
on a flag raised by colonists in Taunton,
1785 Henry Miller Shreve, Mississippi
River trader and inventor, was born.
The U.S.S. Constitution was launched.
The British Navy defeated a combined French and
Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar, but British
Admiral Horatio Nelson was mortally wounded during the battle.
Joseph Aspdin patented Portland cement.
Inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel was
1854 Florence Nightingale and a staff
of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1861 The Battle
of Balls Bluff was fought.
1864 The Battle
of Westport was fought.
1876 Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling,
cartonist and conservationist, was born.
Observatory of the University of Chicago was
Georg Solti was born.
1914 The Battle
of Warsaw ended.
1915 The first
transatlantic radiotelephone message was sent
from Arlington, Virginia to Paris, France.
troops saw action on the front lines of World
War I for the first time.
1917 Jazz musician Dizzy
Gillespie was born.
player and manager Whitey Ford was born.
Ursula K. Le Guin was born.
Manfred Mann was born.
Elvin Bishop was born.
1942 Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge
Judy, was born.
became the first major German city to fall to the
Allies during World War II.
1945 Women in
France were allowed to vote for the first time.
high-speed radio transmission was demonstrated in
1949 Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born.
The death penalty was abolished in Belgium.
Actress Carrie Fisher was born.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum in New York City
opened to the public.
1959 James Dillon was elected
president of the Irish Parliament.
The first British nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, was
1960 The last debate between
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was held.
The Seattle World's Fair closed.
1965 The New York World's Fair closed.
Novelist Jack Kerouac died.
John T. Scopes, the defendant in the "Scopes
Monkey Trial," died.
Fred Dryer of the Los Angeles Rams became
the first player in NFL history to score two
safeties in the same game.
1975 The U.S.
Coast Guard Academy opened enrollment to women.
1975 Venera 9 was launched on a
mission to Venus.
Kim Kardashian was born.
1989 Betram Lee
and Peter Bynoe purchased the Denver Nuggets and
became the first blacks to own a major sports
hostage Jesse Turner was released from 5 years in
captivity in Beirut.
book Sex went on sale.
Maxene Andrews died.
2003 Actor Fred
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