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1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated.

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.

1795 Poland was partitioned between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

Belva Ann Lockwood1830 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.

Daniel Webster1852 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.
Pony Express1861 The Pony Express ceased operations.
1861 West Virginia seceded from Virginia.

Statue of Liberty1881 Levi P. Morton, U.S. Ambassador to France, drove the first rivet in the Statue of Liberty.

Robert Koch1882 Robert Koch discovered the germ that causes tuberculosis.

Rafael Trujillo1891 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.

Charles Russell1926 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.
1930 Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr., singer known as "The Big Bopper," was born.

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.
1939 Actor F. Murray Abraham was born.

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.

1947Actor 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.

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

Zambia1964 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.
2016 Singer Bobby Vee died.

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