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Author Geoffrey Chaucer died.
Henry V of England defeated the French at
King Joćo II of Portugal died.
1647 Scientist Christiaan Huygens died.
1647 Mathematician Evangelista
King George II of Great Britain died.
Author Thomas B. Macaulay was born.
Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War, died.
Waltz composer Johann Strauss, Jr., was born.
Composer Georges Bizet was born.
The Battle of Balaklava, aka Charge of the Light
Brigade, was fought.
1864 The Battle of Mine Creek was fought near Trading Post, Kansas.
Painter Pablo Picasso was born.
1888 Richard Evelyn Byrd, Antarctic and Arctic explorer, was
Levi Eshkol, third Prime Minister of Israel, was
Great Britain annexed the former Boer
South African Republic and renamed it the
1906 Lee de
Forest patented "Audion," a 3-diode
amplification valve which proved a pioneering
development in radio and broadcasting.
Minnie Pearl was born.
1913 Klaus Barbie, aka "Butcher
of Lyons," was born.
Alexander of Greece died.
Michael of Romania was born.
1921 "Wild West"
lawman Bat Masterson died.
1924 The comic
strip "Little Orphan Annie" debuted.
1924 Actor Billy Barty was born.
Marion Ross was born.
1930 The first
scheduled transcontinental air service began.
1931 The George Washington
Upper Manhattan, New York, with Fort Lee, New
Jersey, opened to traffic.
1940 Benjamin Oliver Davis became the first black to attain the
rank of General in the U.S. Army.
1940 Basketball coach Bobby
Knight was born.
Singer Helen Reddy was born.
Singer Jon Anderson was born.
1944 Political commentator and
author James Carville was born.
Roy Disney dedicated Walt Disney World.
Historian Ariel Durant died.
The United States invaded Grenada.
Actor Forrest Tucker.
The Department of Veterans Affairs was created by
act of Congress.
Rock and roll promoter Bill Graham died.
Singer Roger Miller died.
Actor Vincent Price died.
Tennis player Bobby Riggs died.
U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash while
campaigning for re-election.
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