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794 Emperor Kanmu relocated the Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto).

1746 Princeton University received its charter.

1811 Composer Franz Liszt was born.

Sam Houston1836 Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Stephen Babcock1843 Agricultural chemist Stephen Moulton Babcock was born.

1861 The first telegraph line linking the west and east coasts was completed.

1864 Confederate troops defeated Kansas militia troops at the Battle of the Big Blue (Missouri).

1881 The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert.

1897 The world's first automobile dealership opened in London.
1897 Hector Boiardi, aka Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, was born.
Justin Winsor1897 Librarian and author Justin Winsor died.

George Wells Beadle1903 Biologist George Wells Beadle was born.
1903 Comic actor Curly Howard was born.

1906 Painter Paul CÚzanne died.

1907 Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth bought Barnum & Bailey circus.

1920 LSD proponent Timothy Leary was born.

1924 Toastmasters International was founded.

1926 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker-punched magician Harry Houdini in the stomach.

Pretty Boy Floyd1934 Armed robber and murderer Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was killed by law enforcement officers.

1938 Chester Carlson demonstrated the first Xerox copying machine.
1938 Actor Christopher Lloyd was born.

1948 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, failed assassin of President Gerald Ford, was born.

Cuban Missile Crisis1962 U.S. President John F. Kennedy publicly announced a U.S. naval blockade of Cuba in response to the Soviet Union installing missile bases on that island.

Brian Boitano1963 Brian Boitano, U.S. Olympic gold medalist figure skater, was born.

1973 Cellist Pablo Casals died.

1992 Actor Cleavon Little died.

2009 Comedian Soupy Sales died.

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