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1208 James I, King of Aragon, was born.
1594 Composer Palestrina died.
1600 Librarian and scholar Gabriel Naudé was born.
1649 Pope Benedict XIII was born.
1848 Representatives of the United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, officially ending the Mexican-American War.
1863 Samuel Clemens first used the pen name "Mark Twain."
1875 Violinist Fritz Kreisler was born.
1882 Novelist and poet James Joyce was born.
1895 George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears, was born.
1897 The ice cream mold and scoop were patented.
1901 Violinist Jascha Heifetz was born.
1905 Author Ayn Rand was born.
1906 Aviation pioneer Samuel Pierpont Langley died.
1907 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev died.
1915 Abba Eban, Israeli politician, was born.
1923 Leaded gasoline first went on sale in the United States.
1925 Sears, Roebuck opened its first retail store, in Chicago.
1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of France, was born.
1927 Jazz musician Stan Getz was born.
1937 Comedian Tommy Smothers was born.
Actor Bo Hopkins was born.
1943 The last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket, completing the Russian victory at Stalingrad.
1947 Actress Farrah Fawcett was born.
1949 Actor Brent Spiner was born.
1954 Model Christie Brinkley was born.
1958 Actress Rita Hayworth married film writer-producer James Henry Hill, in Beverly Hills, California.
1964 Hasbro launched its G.I. Joe action figure line.
1969 Actor Boris Karloff died.
1977 Singer Shakira was born.
first Learjet Longhorn (50 Series) rolled off the
2012 Artist Mike Kelley died.
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