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1516 King Ferdinand V of Spain died.
1570 The Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, was assassinated.
1622 Explorer William Baffin died.
1647 Scottish Presbyterians sold captured Charles I to the English Parliament.
1719 The Principality of Liechtenstein was established.
1737 John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1795 Revolutionary War General John Sullivan died.
1803 Brewer Arthur Guinness died.
1806 British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger died.
1832 Painter Edouard Manet was born.
K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson received a patent for an
1855 Gun designer John Browning was born.
1898 Actor Randolph Scott was born.
1908 Composer Edward MacDowell died.
1915 Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born.
1918 Pharmaceutical chemist Gertrude Belle Elion was born.
1919 Comedian Ernie Kovacs was born.
1922 The first human trial of "manufactured" insulin was conducted.
1933 The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, setting January 20 as the date for presidential inaugurations, was ratified.
1943 Actor Gil Gerard was born.
1944 Guitarist Johnny Winter was born.
1950 Israel designated
Jerusalem as its official capital.
1957 Princess Caroline of Monaco was born.
1960 Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh reached the bottom of Challenger Deep in the bathyscape Trieste.
1961 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities and states have the right to censor films.
1964 The 24th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution, barring poll taxes in federal
elections, was ratified.
1975 "Barney Miller" premiered on ABC-TV.
1976 Singer Paul Robeson died.
1977 "Roots" premiered on ABC-TV.
1983 "The A-Team" premiered on NBC-TV.
1985 Debates in Britain's House of Lords were televised for the first time.
1986 Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley became the first inductees into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.
1989 Painter Salvador Dali died.
1991 "Seinfeld" premiered on NBC-TV.
1996 The first version of the Java programming language was released.
1998 Hilla Limann, former President of Ghana, died.
The last signal to Earth was received from Pioneer 10.
2004 Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo, died.
2005 Talk show host Johnny Carson died.
2011 Fitness guru Jack La Lanne died.
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