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Francis Drake1580 Francis Drake returned to England after having led the first English voyage around the world.

1687 The city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.

1772 New Jersey passed a bill requiring a license to practice medicine.

1815 Russia, Prussia, and Austria signed the Holy Alliance.

Daniel Boone1820 American explorer and backwoodsman Daniel Boone died.

Daniel Burnap1838 Clockmaker Daniel Burnap died.

King Christian X1870 King Christian X of Denmark was born.

1872 The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.

Edith Abbott1876 Social reformer Edith Abbott was born.

George Gershwin1878 Composer George Gershwin was born.

1887 Emile Berliner patented the Gramophone.

1892 The Diamond Match Company patented book matches.

Pope Paul VI1897 Giovanni Mattista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Pope Paul VI) was born.

New Zealand1907 New Zealand gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1914 The Federal Trade Commission was created.

1918 The Battle of Meuse-Argonne began.

1926 The shortest double header ever was played; the Yankees lost 6-1 in 72 minutes and lost again 6-2 in 55 minutes to the Browns.

1934 The liner Queen Mary was launched.

1937 Boston merchant and philanthropist Edward Albert Filene died.

1957 The musical West Side Story opened on Broadway.
USS Seawolf1957 The USS Seawolf "hosted" U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower during a submerged trial off Newpoer, Rhode Island.

1959 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon, died.

1960 The first of four televised debates between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy was held in Chicago.

1962 Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS-TV.

1968 Hawaii Five-0 premiered on CBS-TV.

1972 The American Museum of Immigration was dedicated.

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