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1492 Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Cuba.
The first university in the New World, the
Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, was
Harvard College was founded.
The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime
Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal
Marines, was established.
John Locke died.
1776 The Battle of White Plains was
1790 New York
gave up claims to Vermont for $30,000.
1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent
on his cotton gin.
1818 Abigail Smith Adams, wife of John Adams, 2nd President of
the United States, died.
1836 U.S. Congressman George Monroe Beebe was born.
R.H. Macy & Co. opened its first store.
President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.
Novelist Evelyn Waugh was born.
Arturo Frondizi, President of
Argentina, was born.
developer of the first polio vaccine, was born.
Actor Jack Soo was born.
Czechoslovakia gained its independence.
1919 Congress passed
the Volstead Act, establishing Prohibition, over President Woodrow
The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast
of a football game.
1922 Benito Mussolini took control of
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.
commissioner Bowie Kuhn was born.
Charlie Daniels was born.
Dennis Franz was born.
1949 Track and
field star Bruce Jenner was born.
Annie Potts was born.
1955 Egypt and
Saudi Arabia signed a mutual defense treaty.
1955 Microsoft co-founder Bill
Gates was born.
Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected to
the papacy and took the name Pope John XXIII.
Ground was broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium in
Queens, New York.
1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis ended when
Soviet Premier Khrushchev announced that he would
remove Soviet missiles from Cuba.
1965 Pope Paul VI proclaimed that
Jews were not collectively guilty for the
1965 The Gateway Arch was
Julia Roberts was born.
player Terrell Davis was born.
1972 Singer Brad Paisley was
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.
coach Red Auerbach died.
Porter Wagoner died.
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