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930 The world's oldest parliament, Iceland's Althing, was established.
1683 William Penn signed a land treaty with the Lenni Lenapi.
1757 Robert Clive defeated an army led by Suraja Dowlaat Plassey to win control of Bengal.
1763 Josephine de Beauharnais Bonaparte, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, was born.
1776 The final draft of the Declaration of Independence was submitted to Continental Congress.
1810 John Jacob Astor organized the Pacific Fur Company.
1860 The U.S. Government Printing Office was created.
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes patented a "type-writer."
1875 Sculptor Carl Milles was born.
1876 Humorist Irvin S. Cobb was born.
1888 Frederick Douglass became the first black to be nominated for U.S. President.
1894 The International
Olympic Committee was formed.
1913 William P. Rogers, U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of State, was born.
1926 The College Board administered the first SAT exam in the United States.
1927 Choreographer Bob Fosse was born.
1929 Singer June Carter Cash was born.
1938 The Civil
Aeronautics Authority was established.
1939 The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve was created by Congress.
1940 Track star Wilma Rudolph was born.
1946 Silent film cowboy William S. Hart died.
1947 The Taft-Hartley Act became law.
1948 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was born.
1949 Harvard Medical School graduated its first 12 women.
1957 Actor Rex Harrison and actress Kay Kendall were married in New York City, New York.
1965 The home of Warren and Florence Harding was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
1976 CCN Tower, the
world's tallest free-standing structure, opened in
1995 Jonas Salk, developer of the first polio vaccine, died.
2009 Television and film producer Aaron Spelling died.
2009 "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon died.
2011 Actor Peter Falk died.
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