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Tycho Brahe1601 Astronomer Tycho Brahe died.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek1632 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, microscopist and naturalist, was born.

1648 The Treaty of Westphalia was signed.

Cuthbert Collingwood1748 British Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood was born.

Belva Ann Lockwood1830 Belva Ann Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, was born.

Daniel Webster1852 Daniel Webster, U.S. Representative, Senator, and Secretary of State, died.

1857 The world's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, was founded.

1861 The first transcontinental telegram was sent.
Pony Express1861 The Pony Express ceased operations.
1861 West Virginia seceded from Virginia.

Robert Koch1882 Robert Koch discovered the germ that causes tuberculosis.

Rafael Trujillo1891 Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo was born.

1901 Anna Taylor became the first woman to go over Niagara Falls.

1922 The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State.

Charles Russell1926 American artist Charles M. Russell died.

1929 The U.S. stock market crashed.

George Washington Bridge1931 The George Washington Bridge was dedicated.
Al Capone1931 Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion.

1939 The Nazi Party implemented a rule requiring all Jews to wear a Star of David.
1939 Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time.

1940 The 40-hour work week went into effect.

1945 The United Nations charter went into effect.

1946 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.

1948 Bernard M. Baruch introduced the term "Cold War."

1950 United Nations forces succeeded in driving North Korean forces back to the Yalu River, the border between North and South Korea.

1956 Margaret Towner became the first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

Bing Crosby1957 Actor/singer Bing Crosby and actress Kathy Grant were married in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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