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1565 The Portuguese established Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil.
1692 Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba were arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
1780 Pennsylvania became the first US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only).
1781 The Articles of Confederation became the law of the land when Maryland became the thirteenth state to ratify them.
1790 The first U.S. census was authorized.
1792 The U.S. Presidential Succession Act was passed.
1803 Ohio became the 17th state.
1809 The Embargo
Act of 1807 was repealed.
1837 Novelist William Dean Howells was born.
1841 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first Black to be elected to the U.S. Senate for a full term, was born.
1845 President John Tyler signed a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.
1847 Michigan became the first English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state).
1848 Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born.
1854 The SS City of Glasgow left Liverpool harbor and was never seen again.
1864 Louis Ducos du
Hauron patented a movie machine (it was never built).
1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.
1872 Yellowstone National Park was created by the U.S. Congress.
1896 Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.
1904 Bandleader Glenn Miller was born.
1909 The first
university-based school of nursing in the United States
was established by the University of Minnesota.
1912 Captain Albert
Berry performed the first parachute jump from an
1913 North Dakota became
the first state to require the bonding of officers and
1917 The first federal land bank was chartered.
1922 Mad Magazine
publisher William M. Gaines was born.
1924 Astronaut Deke Slayton was born.
1926 Actor Robert Clary
1929 Actor Robert Conrad was born.
1932 The infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped.
1933 Bank holidays were declared in six states, to prevent runs on banks.
1941 Captain America* made his first comic
1944 Singer Roger Daltrey was born.
1945 Actor Dirk Benedict was born.
The International Monetary Fund officially
1950 The first Boeing B-47A rolled off the assembly line in Wichita, Kansas.
1952 Seibel Helicopter Company was acquired by Cessna.
1954 Four Puerto Ricans
opened fire in the U.S. House of Representatives,
injuring five Representatives.
1956 Actor Timothy Daly was born.
1961 The Peace Corps was established.
1966 Venera 3 became the first man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus).
1967 Actor George Eads was born.
1972 Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to reach a career 30,000 points.
1973 Robyn Smith became the first female jockey to win a major horse race.
1975 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union, died.
1984 Actor Jackie Coogan died.
1994 Singer Justin Bieber was born.
2004 Terry Nichols was convicted of state murder charges and of being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
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