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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.

Vincent de Paul1660 Vincent de Paul, minister to the poor, died.

1700 Pope Innocent XII died.

William Howe1777 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.

George Stephenson1825 The first passenger train in the world was pulled by a locomotive built by George Stephenson.

Hiram Revels1827 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.
Thomas Nast1840 Cartoonist Thomas Nast 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.

Carol I1914 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.
1920 Actress Jayne Meadows 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.

1956 The 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.
Mildred Didrikson1956 Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, the most prominent female athlete of the early 20th century, died.

1958 Six junior and senior high schools in Norfolk, Virginia, were closed by "massive resistance" against integration.
1958 Hurricane Helene struck the North Carolina coast with 135 mph winds, torrential rains, and high tides.
1958 The Portuguese coastal liner Arnel ran aground in the Azores and its lifeboat broke apart on rocks, taking the lives of 27 persons.
Singer Shaun Cassidy was born.

James A Garfield Monument1961 The James A. Garfield Monument was dedicated in Elberon, New Jersey.
1961 Sierra Leone was admitted as the 100th member of the United Nations.

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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