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Christopher Columbus1492 Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Cuba.

1538 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, was established.

1636 Harvard College was founded.

1664 The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, was established.

1704 Philosopher John Locke died.

Battle of White Plains1776 The Battle of White Plains was fought.

1790 New York gave up claims to Vermont for $30,000.

Eli Whitney1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent on his cotton gin.

Abigail Smith Adams1818 Abigail Smith Adams, wife of John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, died.

George Monroe Beebe1836 U.S. Congressman George Monroe Beebe was born.

1858 R.H. Macy & Co. opened its first store.

Statue of Liberty1886 President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.

1903 Novelist Evelyn Waugh was born.

Arturo Frondizi1908 Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina, was born.

Jonas Salk1914 Jonas Salk, developer of the first polio vaccine, was born.

1916 Actor Jack Soo was born.

1918 Czechoslovakia gained its independence.

President Woodrow Wilson1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, establishing Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

1922 The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game.
Benito Mussolini1922 Benito Mussolini took control of Italy's government.

Australopithecus africanus1924 A quarry worker discovered an infant fossil skull in a lime quarry in South Africa that was later identified as belonging to a human ancestor called Australopithecus africanus.

1926 MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn was born.

1936 Musician Charlie Daniels was born.

1944 Actor Dennis Franz was born.

1949 Track and field star Bruce Jenner was born.

1952 Actress Annie Potts was born.

1955 Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a mutual defense treaty.
1955 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was born.

Pope John XXIII1958 Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected to the papacy and took the name Pope John XXIII.

1961 Ground was broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium in Queens, New York.

Cuban Missile Crisis1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis ended when Soviet Premier Khrushchev announced that he would remove Soviet missiles from Cuba.

Pope Paul VI1965 Pope Paul VI proclaimed that Jews were not collectively guilty for the Crucifixion.
1965 The Gateway Arch was completed.

1967 Actress Julia Roberts was born.

1972 Football player Terrell Davis was born.
1972 Singer Brad Paisley was born.

1974 Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born.

1978 Bobby Orr scored his last career NHL goal.

1997 The NBA announced the hiring of Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer as the first women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league.

2006 Basketball coach Red Auerbach died.

2007 Singer Porter Wagoner died.

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