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1707 Charles Welsey, clergyman and author of hymns, was born.
1709 Empress Elizabeth of Russia was born.
1737 Violin maker Antonio Stradivari died.
1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1796 The Baltimore Monitor became the first U.S. newspaper to be published on Sunday.
1829 Naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck died.
1849 William Bond obtained the first photograph of the Moon through a telescope.
1859 South Carolina declared itself an "independent commonwealth."
1860 Composer Edward MacDowell was born.
1863 Franz Ferdinand of Austria was born.
1865 The 13th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution, ending slavery, was proclaimed.
1878 Soviet leader Josef Stalin was born.
1886 Baseball player Ty Cobb was born.
1897 Jazz musician Fletcher Henderson was born.
1898 An automobile speed record of 39 mph was set.
1907 Playwright Christopher Fry was born.
1910 Playwright Abe Burrows was born.
1913 German Chancellor Willy Brandt was born.
1916 Actress Betty Grable was born.
1917 Actor Ossie Davis was born.
1927 U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark was born.
1936 The first giant panda to come to the United States from China arrived in San Francisco; her name was Su-Lin.
1940 Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.
1943 Guitarist Keith Richards was born.
1944 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans.
1946 Motion picture director and producer Steven Spielberg was born.
1950 Drummer Randy Castillo was born.
1954 Actor Ray Liotta was born.
1955 The Beech Model 73A Jet Mentor, the first Beech jet, was test flown by T.G. Gillespie.
"To Tell the Truth" debuted on CBS-TV.
1957 The United States
successfully test-fired a Jupiter intermediate ballistic
truck fell into a 150-foot-deep chasm in southern Turkey,
killing 28 persons.
1961 India annexed the Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao, and Diu.
1963 Actor Brad Pitt was born.
"The Pink Panther" cartoon series premiered.
1965 The Paris-to-Lisbon Sud Express and a local train collided head-on at Villar De Los Alamos, Spain, killing at least 24 persons.
1966 "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time, on CBS-TV.
1969 The film On Her Majesty's Secret Service" premiered in London, England.
1971 Jesse Jackson founded People United to Save Humanity (PUSH).
1972 The United States began heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets.
1974 Television personality Kari Byron was born.
film A Star is Born premiered.
1979 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 25 persons and injuring 200.
Singer Christina Aguilera was born.
1992 Film and television producer Mark Goodson died.
2003 Author Charles Berlitz died.
2006 Cartoonist Joseph Barbera died.
Actress Majel Barrett died.
2009 The film "Avatar" was released.
last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, formally ending the
2016 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died.
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