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King John1167 King John of England was born.

1294 Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani was elected Pope; he took the name Boniface VIII.

Vasco da Gama1524 Vasco da Gama, leader of the first sea voyage around the southern tip of Africa, died.

1715 Swedish troops occupied Norway.

1745 U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Paterson was born.

Christmas Island1777 Kiritimati was discovered by Captain James Cook.

Napoleon Bonaparte1798 Russia, Great Britain, Austria, the Kingdom of Naples, Portugal, and the Ottoman Empire joined in an alliance against Napoleon Bonaparte.

Kit Carson1809 Christopher "Kit" Carson, fur trapper, scout, soldier, and Indian fighter, was born.

John Neely Bryan1810 John Neely Bryan, founder of Dallas, Texas, was born.

Joel Barlow1812 Author Joel Barlow died.

Treaty of Ghent1814 Representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.

1822 Critic Matthew Arnold was born.

Pushmataha1824 Pushmataha, Choctaw chief, died.

1832 The first hospital for blacks in the United States was founded by whites in Savannah, Georgia.

1845 King George I of Greece was born.

1851 The U.S. Library of Congress was devastated by a fire.

1865 The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee.

1868 Inventor Linus Yale, Jr., died.

Edwin McMasters Stanton1869 Edwin McMasters Stanton, lawyer, Attorney General, and Secretary of War, died.

1873 Businessman/philanthropist Johns Hopkins died.

1876 Businessman Charles Tufts died.

1889 Daniel Stover and William Hance patented a bicycle with a back pedal brake.

1901 Private companies were given permission to use the word "postcard" in the United States.

Howard Hughes1905 Billionaire Howard Hughes was born.

1912 Irving Fisher patented an archiving system with index cards.

1914 Naturalist John Muir died.

1922 The London (England) Coloseum opened.
1922
Actress Ava Gardner was born.

Albania1924 Albania became a republic.
1924 Fire in a school in Babb's Switch, Oklahoma, killed 36 persons.

1929 Author Mary Higgins Clark was born.

1933 A Paris, France, express train derailed, killing 160 persons and injuring another 300.

1935 The National Council of Negro Women was formed.

1936 The first radioactive isotope medicine was administered in Berkeley, California.

Dwight Eisenhower1943 U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces.

1946 The French Fourth Republic was established.
1946 U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was born.

1948 The first completely solar heated house was occupied, in Dover, Massachusetts.

Libya1951 The United Kingdom of Libya gained independence from Italy.

1954 The Council for the Protection of Children was formed in the Netherlands.
Laos1954 Laos gained its independence.

1957 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, was born.
1957 Actress Norma Talmadge died.

Luna1966 The Soviet spacecraft Luna 13 landed on the Moon.
1966 A U.S. Air Force C-144 crashed near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129 persons.

1970 The animated film Aristocats was released.

1971 Singer Ricky Martin was born.

1973 The District of Columbia Home Rule Act was passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
1973 A ferryboat capsized off the coast of Ecuador, killing about 200 persons.

1974 American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was born.

1979 The first Ariane rocket was launched by France.

1984 Actor Peter Lawford died.

1991 Russia assumed the United Nations seat formally occupied by the Soviet Union.

1993 Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, died.

2016 Novelist Richard Adams died.

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