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1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated.
1601 Astronomer Tycho Brahe died.
1632 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, microscopist and naturalist, was born.
1648 The Treaty of Westphalia was signed.
1748 British Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood was born.
1795 Poland was partitioned between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1830 Belva Ann Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, was born.
1836 Alonzo Dwight Phillips patented a phosphorous friction match.
1851 William Lassell discovered the Uranian moons Ariel and Umbriel.
1852 Daniel Webster, U. S. Representative, Senator, and Secretary of State, died.
1856 South Australia adopted a constitution.
1857 The world's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, was founded.
1861 The first transcontinental
telegram was sent.
1881 Levi P. Morton, U. S. Ambassador to France, drove the first rivet in the Statue of Liberty.
1882 Robert Koch discovered the germ that causes tuberculosis.
1891 Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo was born.
1900 Henry S. Morgan, co-founder of Morgan Stanley, was born.
1901 Anna Taylor became the first woman to go over Niagara Falls.
1904 Playwright Moss Hart was born.
1922 The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State.
1926 American artist Charles M. Russell died.
1929 The U. S. stock market crashed.
1930 Brazilian President Washington
Luis Pereira de Sousa was ousted in a bloodless coup.
1939 The Nazi Party implemented a rule
requiring all Jews to wear a Star of David.
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.
1947 Actor Kevin Kline was born.
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.
1954 Actor Doug Davidson was born.
1956 Margaret Towner became the first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
1957 Actor/singer Bing Crosby and actress Kathy Grant were married in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1964 The territory of Northern Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zambia.
1972 Baseball player Jackie Robinson died.
1981 Hollywood costume designer Edith Head died.
1991 Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry died.
1994 Actor Raul Julia died.
2005 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died.
2016 Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, former
President of Uruguay, died.
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