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1732 George Washington, 1st President of the United States, was born.
1784 The first U.S. ship to trade with China, "Empress of China," sailed from New York.
1788 Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was born.
1810 Composer Frederic
Chopin was born.
The United States bought the
Florida Territory from Spain.
1825 Russia and Britain established a boundary between Alaska and Canada.
1827 Portrait painter Charles Willson Peale died.
Scientist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz was born.
1862 Jefferson Davis was formally inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America.
1867 The Pullman Palace Car Company was chartered.
1872 The first national convention of the Prohibition Party opened in Columbus, Ohio.
1875 Geologist Charles Lyell died.
1876 Johns Hopkins University opened its doors.
1878 The Greenback Labor Party was formed in Toledo, Ohio.
1879 Frank W. Woolworth opened the first "5 and 10" store in Utica, New York.
1887 The Union Labor Party was organized in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1892 Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was born.
1900 Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
1909 The Great White Fleet, the first U.S. naval fleet to circle the globe, returned to Virginia.
1913 Francisco Indalecio Madero, recently overthrown President of Mexico, was assassinated.
announcer Don Pardo was born.
1921 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Empire, was born.
1923 Transcontinental airmail service began.
1932 Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy was born.
1945 The Arab League was formed.
1950 Basketball player Julius Erving was born.
1957 Commercial air
service over the North Pole was inaugurated between
Tokyo, Japan, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
1958 Arturo Frondizi won the first free presidential election in Argentina since 1928.
1959 The annual stock car race at Daytona Beach, Florida, was moved from the beach to a brand new $3 million, 2-1/2-mile paved speedway.
1960 An explosion inside a coal mine at Zwickau, Germany, killed 40 miners and trapped 74 others.
1962 Steve Irwin, aka "the Crocodile Hunter," was born.
1963 Golfer Vijay Singh was born.
1965 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter died.
1975 Actress Drew Barrymore was born.
1987 Artist Andy Warhol died.
1995 Actor Ed Flanders died.
2002 Cartoon director Chuck Jones died.
2016 Singer Sonny James died.
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