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1340 King Edward III of England was proclaimed King of France.
1482 Pentateuch (the Jewish Bible) was first printed as a book, in Bolongna, Italy.
1500 Vicente Yáńez Pinzón became the first European to set foot in Brazil.
1564 The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
1736 King Stanislaw I of Poland abdicated his throne.
1763 Karl XIV Johan, King of Sweden and Norway, was born.
1788 The city of Sydney, Australia, was founded.
1823 Edward Jenner, physician who discovered the smallpox vaccine, died.
1837 Michigan was admitted as the 26th state.
1838 Tennessee became the first state to prohibit alcohol.
1841 Hong Kong was proclaimed a sovereign territory of the United Kingdom.
1861 Louisiana seceded from the Union.
1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive.
1863 The War Department authorized the Massachusetts Governor to recruit black troops.
1870 Virginia was readmitted to the Union.
1871 The U.S. income tax was repealed.
1880 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was born.
1884 Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews was born.
1893 Civil War General Abner Doubleday died.
The Cullinan Diamond, the
world's largest diamond, was found.
Rocky Mountain National Park was established.
1917 U.S. Admiral George Dewey died.
1920 Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launched the Lincoln Motor Company.
1935 Baseball player/announcer Bob Uecker was born.
1939 Federal Hall National Monument was established.
1940 The Nazis forbade Polish-Jews from traveling on trains.
1942 The first U.S. forces in Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.
Soviet forces reached the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1946 Movie critic Gene Siskel was born.
1948 Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces, was signed.
1950 India became a republic.
1955 Guitarist Eddie Van Halen was born.
1958 Comedian Ellen DeGeneres was born.
1961 Hockey player Wayne Gretzky was born.
1962 "Crime boss" Lucky Luciano died.
1973 Actor Edward G. Robinson died.
1977 Basketball player Vince Carter was born.
"Dukes of Hazzard" premiered on CBS-TV.
1980 Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations.
1983 Bear Bryant, University of Alabama football head coach, died.
1992 Actor Jose Ferrer died.
Actor Tommy Kelly died.
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