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1497 Sailor Perkin Warbeck became English King Richard IV.

Queen Elizabeth1533 Queen Elizabeth of England was born.

1548 Catherine Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII, died.

David Bushnell1776 David Bushnell's "Turtle" made an unsuccessful attack on the British fleet off New York City.

1812 France and Russia fought the Battle of Borodino.

1813 The term "Uncle Sam" was first used to refer to the United States in the Troy, New York Post.

Jose de San Martin1820 José de San Martín captured Pisco, Peru.

Brazil1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.

1860 Painter Grandma Moses was born.

1867 Financier J.P. Morgan was born.

1875 Businessman E.F. Hutton was born.

1880 George Ligowsky patented a device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters.

Sidney Lanier1881 Poet Sidney Lanier died.

1888 Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.

John Greenleaf Whittier1892 Poet John Greenleaf Whittier died.

Hamilton Fish1893 Hamilton Fish, U.S. Secretary of State, died.

1896 A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a closed-circuit track, in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Boxer Rebellion1901 China signed the Boxer Protocol, agreeing to execute leaders of the Boxer Rebellion and to pay reparations to several nations for damages done during that rebellion.

1908 Michael DeBakey, the father of cardiovascular surgery, was born.

1909 Film director Elia Kazan was born.

1912 David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett Packard, was born.

1914 Astronomer James Van Allen was born.

John Gruelle1915 John Gruelle patented his Raggedy Ann doll.

1916 The Workmen's Compensation Act was passed by Congress.

1921 The first Miss America Pageant was held, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1923 Interpol was formed in Vienna.
1923 Actor Peter Lawford was born.

1924 U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was born.

Philo T. Farnsworth1927 The first crude television image was transmitted to a device invented by Philo T. Farnsworth.
Stearman Aircraft Company1927 Stearman Aircraft Company was incorporated in Kansas.

King Baudouin1930 King Baudouin I of Belgium was born.

1936 Musician Buddy Holly was born.

1940 The German Air Force blitzed London, England, for the first of 57 consecutive nights.

1949 Singer Gloria Gaynor was born.

1951 Singer Chrissie Hynde was born.

1954 Actor Corbin Bernsen was born.

1963 The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, was dedicated.

Biosatellite 21967 Biosatellite II was launched at Cape Kennedy.

1978 Drummer Keith Moon died.

1979 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its debut.

1981 "People's Court," with Judge Wapner, debuted.

1984 Novelist Liam O'Flaherty died.

1994 Novelist James Clavell died.

Mobutu Sese Seko1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire, died.

1998 Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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