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1540 The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) was founded by Ignatius Loyola.
1590 Pope Urban VII died 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1601 King Louis XIII of France was born.
1660 Vincent de Paul, minister to the poor, died.
1700 Pope Innocent XII died.
1777 British General William Howe occupied Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1787 The U.S. Constitution was submitted to the states for ratification.
1792 Caricaturist George Cruikshank was born.
1821 The Mexican Empire declared its independence from Spain.
1822 Jean-François Champollion announced that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone.
1825 The first passenger train in the world was pulled by a locomotive built by George Stephenson.
1827 Hiram Revels, the first black to to be elected to the U.S. Senate, was born.
1840 Alfred T. Mahan,
American naval officer and historian, was born.
1864 The Battle of Pilot Knob (Missouri) was fought.
1885 Magician Harry Blackstone was born.
1892 Book matches were patented by the Diamond Match Company.
1894 Aqueduct race track opened.
1896 U.S. Senator Sam Ervin was born.
1905 The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².
1908 The first Ford Model T left the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1914 King Carol I of Romania, died.
1917 Painter Edgar Degas died.
1919 The Democratic National Committee voted to allow female members.
1920 Actor William
Conrad was born.
1928 The Nationalist Republic of China was recognized by the United States.
1933 Actor Greg Morris was born.
1934 Actor Wilford Brimley was born.
1938 The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was launched at Glasgow.
1940 Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a mutual military aid pact.
1943 Musician Randy Bachman was born.
1944 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson died.
1947 Singer Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, was born.
1954 The "Tonight Show," hosted by Steve Allen, premiered.
Bell X-2 that had previously flown faster than and higher
than any plane in the world crashed at Edwards Air Force
Base in California; the pilot was killed.
1958 Six junior and
senior high schools in Norfolk, Virginia, were closed by
"massive resistance" against integration.
1964 The findings of the Warren Commission were released.
1972 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was born.
1979 The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was divided by Congress into separate departments of Education and of Health and Human Services.
1993 Aviator James Doolittle died.
1998 Google was launched.
2003 Actor Donald O'Connor died.
2009 Columnist William Safire died.
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