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1492 Lorenzo de'Medici, ruler of Florence, died.
1498 King Charles VIII of France was beheaded.
1605 Philip IV, King of Spain and Portugal, was born.
1730 Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, was dedicated.
1732 Astronomer David Rittenhouse was born.
1793 Edmond Charles Genet arrived in the United States on a mission to enlist American aid in France's war against Great Britain.
1818 King Christaan IX of Denmark was born.
1861 Elisha Otis, inventor of the "safe elevator," died.
1869 Neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing was born.
1873 Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
1875 Albert I, King of Belgium, was born.
1893 Actress Mary Pickford was born.
1904 New York City's Long Acre Square was renamed Times Square.
1909 Actress Helena Modjeska died.
1912 Figure skater-actress Sonja Henie was born.
1913 The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, requiring direct election of U.S. Senators, became law.
1917 Richard Olney, U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of State, died.
1919 Merchant Frank Winfield Woolworth died.
1921 Betty (Bloomer) Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford, was born.
1925 Comedian Shecky Green was born.
1934 Candy company founder Franklin Clarence Mars died.
1935 Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times, died.
1940 Basketball player John Havlicek was born.
1941 Singer Peggy Lennon was born.
1946 Major League pitcher "Catfish" Hunter was born.
1947 Actor Gerald McRaney was born.
1954 Actor John Schneider was born.
1962 Rock musician Izzy Stradlin was born.
1963 Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon, was born.
1964 The first mission of the Gemini Program was launched.
1968 Actress Patricia Arquette was born.
1974 Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's
1981 U.S. General Omar Nelson Bradley died.
1990 The television series Twin Peaks premiered on ABC.
1992 The British satire magazine Punch published its final issue.
1993 Opera singer Marian Anderson died.
1994 Rock musician Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
1997 Folk singer Laura Nyro died.
2012 Television journalist Mike Wallace died.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died.
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