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1235 Emperor Joseph II ordered the Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names.
1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible began his march to Novgorod.
1647 Nathaniel Bacon, leader of a rebellion in colonial Virginia, was born.
1727 British General James Wolfe was born.
1752 Poet Philip Freneau was born.
1757 British troops occupied Calcutta, India.
1788 Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.
1811 Thomas Pickering became the first U.S. Senator to be censured.
1818 The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded.
1830 Henry M. Flagler, developer of Florida's east coast, was born.
abolitionist newspaper Liberator began
1833 British rule over the Falkland Islands was re-established.
1839 Louis Daguerre took the first photo of the Moon.
1842 The first wire suspension bridge for general traffic in the United States opened in Pennsylvania.
1863 The Battle of Murfreesboro (Tennessee) ended.
1865 Educator William Lyon Phelps was born.
1871 Amadeus I was inaugurated as King of Spain.
1882 Standard Oil was organized as a trust.
1883 The Battle of Boschberg (South Africa) was fought.
1890 Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
1893 The first U.S. commemorative stamps were issued, in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition.
1904 Confederate General James Longstreet died.
Japanese troops captured Port Arthur from Russia.
1906 Willis Carrier received a patent for his "Apparatus for Treating Air."
1913 The National Woman's Party was formed.
1919 Lithuania gained independence.
1920 Author Isaac Asimov was born.
1923 The Ku Klux Klan killed 8 persons in a black residential area of Rosewood, Florida.
1925 Larry Harmon, aka Bozo the Clown, was born.
1929 The United States and Canada agreed to preserve Niagara Falls.
1934 The first state liquor stores opened in Pennsylvania.
1935 The trial of Bruno Hauptman for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son began.
1936 Singer Roger Miller was born.
1938 Book publisher Simon and Schuster was founded.
1939 Televangelist Jim Bakker was born.
1942 Japanese troops occupied Manila, Philippines.
1949 Luis Muñoz Marin became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
1955 Panamanian President Jose Antonio Remon was assassinated.
The Soviet Union launched Luna 1 toward the Moon, making it the first man-made
object to achieve escape velocity.
The murder trial of Bernard Finch and Carole
1961 The Houston Oilers beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-16 in the first ever American Football League Championship game.
1962 The nighttime version of "Password" premiered on CBS-TV.
1963 Actor Dick Powell died.
1964 Ghanian President Kwame Nkrumah escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt.
1968 Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born.
1974 Singer Tex Ritter died.
1980 British steel workers began a nationwide strike.
1983 The musical "Annie"* ended its Broadway run, after 2,377 performances.
Riots in Tunis, Tunisia, killed over 100 persons.
Actress Una Merkel died.
1988 Guerrillas ambushed a train near Mozambique's western border, killing at least 22 persons and injuring 71.
1989 UCLA won a record 7th consecutive bowl game.
1990 Actor Alan Hale, Jr. died.
1995 A bus crash in Luzon, Philippines, killed 29 persons.
1996 The United States deployed troops in northern Bosnia.
2001 William P. Rogers, former U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of State, died.
2014 A bus plunged off a cliff and fell 400 feet in Malshej Ghat, India, killing 30 persons.
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