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999 Pope Gregory V died.

1294 Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan died.

1455 Painter Fra Angelico died.

1478 George, Duke of Clarence, was privately executed in the Tower of London.

1516 Mary I, first reigning Queen of England, was born.

1546 Protestant leader Martin Luther died.

1564 Artist Michelangelo died.

1678 John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was licensed for publication.

1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay, forming the basis for a French claim to Texas.

Alessandro Volta1745 Physicist Alessandro Volta was born.

1804 The first U.S. land-grant college, Ohio University, was chartered.

Pascual Cervera y Topete1839 Pascual Cervera y Topete, Spanish admiral during the Spanish-American War, was born.

1848 Artist Louis Comfort Tiffany was born.

1855 Tsar Nicholas I died.

Millard Fillmore1856 Millard Fillmore was nominated as the first American (Know Nothing) Party presidential candidate.

Jefferson Davis1861 Jefferson Davis took the oath as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became the first King of Italy.

1862 Businessman Charles M. Schwab was born.

1885 Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published.

1890 Actor Edward Arnold was born.

Wendell Willkie1892 American politician Wendell Willkie was born.

1895 Notre Dame football player George Gipp, aka "The Gipper," was born.

1898 Automobile builder Enzo Ferrari was born.
Jose Munoz Marin1898 Luis Muñoz Marín, the first elected Governor of Puerto Rico, was born.

1901 H. Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner.
Winston Churchill1901 Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.

1902 Businessman Charles Lewis Tiffany died.

1908 The first "coil" U.S. postage stamps were issued.

1911 The first official flight with air mail took place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivered 6,500 letters to Naini.

1915 "Wild West" outlaw Frank James died.

1919 Actor Jack Palance was born.

1920 Television personality Bill Cullen was born.

1922 Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was born.

1925 Actor George Kennedy was born.

1929 The first Academy Awards were announced.
1929 Novelist Len Deighton was born.

Clyde Tombaugh1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto.

1931 Cartoonist Johnny Hart was born.

1932 Japan declared Manchuria independent.

1933 Yoko Ono, wife of John Lennon, was born.

Golden Gate International Exposition1939 San Francisco's Golden Gate International Exposition opened.

1944 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall became the youngest ever professional baseball player after signing a contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

1950 Film director John Hughes was born.
1950 Actress Cybill Shepherd was born.

1951 Nepal became a constitutional monarchy.

1952 Singer Juice Newton was born.

1953 Bwana Devil, the first 3-D feature film, debuted in New York City.

1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California.
John Travolta1954 Actor John Travolta was born.

1957 Television personality Vanna White was born.

1959 Actress Jayne Atkinson was born.

1964 Actor Matt Dillon was born.

1965 Music producer Dr. Dre was born.

J. Robert Oppenheimer1967 Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer died.

1968 David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd.
1968 Actress Molly Ringwald was born.

1977 Actor Andy Devine died.

1981 Businessman Jack Northrop died.

2001 Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last lap crash at the Daytona 500.

2003 Country singer Johnny Paycheck died.

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