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1400 Author Geoffrey Chaucer died.

1415 Henry V of England defeated the French at Agincourt.

1495 King Joćo II of Portugal died.

Christiaan Huygens1647 Scientist Christiaan Huygens died.
1647 Mathematician Evangelista Torricelli died.

1760 King George II of Great Britain died.

1800 Author Thomas B. Macaulay was born.

1806 Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War, died.

1825 Waltz composer Johann Strauss, Jr., was born.

1838 Composer Georges Bizet was born.

1854 The Battle of Balaklava, aka Charge of the Light Brigade, was fought.

Battle of Mine Creek1864 The Battle of Mine Creek was fought near Trading Post, Kansas.

1881 Painter Pablo Picasso was born.

Richard Evelyn Byrd1888 Richard Evelyn Byrd, Antarctic and Arctic explorer, was born.

1895 Levi Eshkol, third Prime Minister of Israel, was born.

1900 Great Britain annexed the former Boer South African Republic and renamed it the Transvaal Colony.

1906 Lee de Forest patented "Audion," a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio and broadcasting.

1912 Singer Minnie Pearl was born.

Klaus Barbie1913 Klaus Barbie, aka "Butcher of Lyons," was born.

1920 King Alexander of Greece died.

1921 King 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.

1928 Actress Marion Ross was born.

1930 The first scheduled transcontinental air service began.

George Washington Bridge1931 The George Washington Bridge, connecting Upper Manhattan, New York, with Fort Lee, New Jersey, opened to traffic.

Benjamin Oliver Davis1940 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.

1941 Singer Helen Reddy was born.

1944 Singer Jon Anderson was born.
1944 Political commentator and author James Carville was born.

1971 Roy Disney dedicated Walt Disney World.

1981 Historian Ariel Durant died.

1983 The United States invaded Grenada.

1986 Actor Forrest Tucker.

1988 The Department of Veterans Affairs was created by act of Congress.

1991 Rock and roll promoter Bill Graham died.

1992 Singer Roger Miller died.

1993 Actor Vincent Price died.

1995 Tennis player Bobby Riggs died.

Paul Wellstone2002 U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election.

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