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1598 The Edict of Nantes granted political rights to Huguenots in France.
1640 The English "Short Parliament" was formed.
1743 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, was born.
1748 Inventor Joseph Bramah was born.
1829 The English Emancipation Act granted freedom of religion to Catholics.
1852 Merchant Frank Winfield Woolworth was born.
1860 The first Pony Express rider arrived in Sacramento, California.
1861 Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederates.
1863 The Hospital for Ruptured & Crippled in New York City opened, becoming the world's first orthopedic hospital.
1866 Bank and train robber Butch Cassidy was born.
1868 British and Indian troops captured Magdala and the Ethiopian Emperor committed suicide, ending the Abyssinian War.
1870 The Metropolitan Museum of Art formed in New York City.
1902 J.C. Penney opened his first store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
1912 The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) was formed.
1919 Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair was born.
1922 Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, was born.
1926 Actor Don Adams was born.
1933 U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was born.
1935 Actor Lyle Waggoner was born.
1939 Actor Paul Sorvino was born.
Japan and Russia signed a non-aggression pact.
1945 Actor Tony Dow was born.
1946 Singer Al Green was born.
1950 Actor Ron Perlman was born.
1959 Discoverer II was launched into a polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
1963 Chess player Garry Kasparov was born.
1970 Actor Rick Schroder was born.
1975 Actor Larry Parks died.
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