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1087 William the Conqueror, King of England, died.

1379 The Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III, was signed.

1513 The English defeated James IV of Scotland at the Battle of Flodden Fields.

1543 Nine-month-old Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots.

Luigi Galvani1737 Anatomist Luigi Galvani was born.

1753 The first steam engine was delivered to the American colonies.

William Bligh1754 British naval officer William Bligh was born.

1776 The Continental Congress officially changed United Colonies of America to United States of America.

1815 Painter John Singleton Copley died.

1823 Scientist Joseph Leidy was born.

1828 Author Leo Tolstoy was born.

1839 John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.

California1850 California was admitted as the 31st state of the Union.
1850 The Territories of New Mexico and Utah were created.

1863 The Battle of Cumberland Gap was fought.

1867 Luxembourg gained its independence.

1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalized.

Alf Landon1887 Alfred Landon, Governor of Kansas and 1936 presidential candidate, was born.

1890 Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born.

Grover Cleveland1893 Esther Cleveland became the first child of a President to be born in the White House, to President Grover Cleveland and his wife, Frances.

1895 The American Bowling Congress was formed.

1901 Painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died.

1904 Mounted police were first used in New York City.

1926 National Broadcasting Company was created by Radio Corporation of America.

1932 Actress Mitzi McCall was born.

1941 Singer Otis Redding was born.

1942 Japanese planes dropped incendiary bombs near Mount Emily, Oregon.

1943 Musician Roger Waters was born.

1944 Bulgaria declared war on Germany.
1944 Allied forces liberated Luxembourg.

1946 Singer Billy Preston was born.

1948 The People's Democratic Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

1949 Football player Joe Theismann was born.

1951 Actor Michael Keaton was born.
1951 Actor Tom Wopat was born.

1952 Actress Angela Cartwright was born.

1956 Elvis Presley appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time.

1959 Figure skater Tai Babilonia was born.

1960 Actor Hugh Grant was born.

1965 The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by act of Congress.
1965 Tibet was made an autonomous region of China.

1966 Actor Adam Sandler was born.

1967 The Saturn V rocket was tested for the first time.
Harry Hines Woodring1967 Harry Hines Woodring, Governor of Kansas and U.S. Secretary of War, died.

1975 The Viking 2 Mars probe was launched.

Mao Zedong1976 Mao Zedong, principal founder of the People's Republic of China, died.

1993 The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognized the State of Israel.

1997 Actor Burgess Meredith died.

1999 Baseball player Catfish Hunter died.

Edward Teller2003 Physicist Edward Teller died.

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