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1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) became the first English Prince of Wales.
1795 The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, affirming the power of the states, was ratified.
1804 Inventor and businessman John Deere was born.
1812 An 8.2
earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri.
1817 Frederick Douglass, abolitionist lecturer and leader, was born.
1834 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev was born.
1856 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passed the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
1864 Federal troops occupied Jacksonville, Florida.
1867 Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born.
1878 Pope Pius IX died.
1883 Jazz pianist Eubie Banks was born.
1885 Novelist Sinclair Lewis was born.
1898 American temperance leader Frances E. Willard died.
1908 John Paul McConnell, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, was born.
1915 The first wireless message sent from a moving train to a station was received.
1937 American politician Elihu Root died.
1938 Businessman Harvey Firestone died.
1958 The Advanced Research Projects Agency was established by the U.S. Department of Defense.
1959 John Cook and Robert Timm ended a nearly 65-day airplane flight, setting a new air endurance record.
1962 Singer Garth Brooks was born.
1973 The U.S. Senate formed a select committee to investigate the White House's involvement in the Watergate break-in.
1978 Actor Ashton Kutcher was born.
Floyd premiered their live version of "The
Wall" in Los Angeles.
1984 Bruce McCandless made the first ever untethered space walk.
1985 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.
1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first elected president.
1999 King Hussein of Jordan died.
2000 Magician Doug Henning died.
Singer Dale Evans died.
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