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1143 Pope Innocent II died.

1692 The last execution by hanging for witchcraft was performed in Salem, Massachusetts.

1735 Robert Walpole became the first British Prime Minister to live at 10 Downing Street.

1774 Pope Clement XIV died.

Nathan Hale1776 Nathan Hale was executed by the British for spying.

1784 Russian trappers established a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

1789 The Office of Postmaster General was created by the U.S. Congress.

Michael Faraday1791 Physicist Michael Faraday was born.

1792 The First French Republic was formed.

1851 Des Moines, Iowa, was incorporated.

Emancipation Proclamation1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

1893 The first automobile built in the United States (by the Duryea Brothers) ran in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1901 Cancer researcher Charles Brenton Huggins was born.

1902 Actor John Houseman was born.

1903 Italo Marchiony patented the ice cream cone.

1908 Bulgaria gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

1915 Xavier University opened.

1927 Professional baseball manager Tommy Lasorda was born.

1932 Heavyweight boxer Ingemar Johansson was born.

1943 Choreographer-singer Toni Basil was born.

1949 The Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb.
1949 Film director Sam Wood died.

Omar Bradley1950 Omar Bradley was promoted to the rank of 5-Star General.

1956 Singer Debby Boone was born.

1958 Singer Joan Jett was born.

Republic of Mali1959 The Republic of Mali was proclaimed.

1960 Baseball player Vince Coleman was born.

1961 Actor Scott Baio was born.

1962 "Fiddler on the Roof" premiered on Broadway.

1964 "Man From U.N.C.L.E." premiered on NBC-TV.

Othmar Ammann1965 Bridge designer Othmar Ammann died.

President Gerald Ford1975 Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

1987 Comedian Dan Rowan died.

Irving Berlin1989 Composer Irving Berlin died.

1996 Actress Dorothy Lamour died.

1999 Actor George C. Scott died.

2001 Violinist Isaac Stern died.

Gordon Jump2003 Actor Gordon Jump died.

2007 Mime Marcel Marceau died.

2010 Singer Eddie Fisher died.

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