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44 B.C. Julius Caeser was assassinated.

1545 The Council of Trent held its first session.

Archibald Menzies1754 Archibald Menzies, physician and naturalist, was born.

Andrew Jackson1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born.

1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.

Battle of Guilford Courthouse1781 The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought.

Maine1820 Maine was admitted as the 23rd state.

Emil Adolf von Behring1854 Bacteriologist Emil Adolf von Behring was born.

1873 Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity was founded at Massachusetts Agricultural College.

1892 The escalator was patented by Jesse W. Reno.

Henry Bessemer1898 Henry Bessemer, inventor and founder of the modern steel industry, died.

1906 Rolls Royce Ltd. was formed.

1907 Finland became the first European country to give women the right to vote.

1909 The first Selfridges department store opened in London.

1913 The first small claims court was established in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pancho Villa1916 U.S. troops were sent into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa.

Czar Nicholas II1917 Czar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate.

1919 The American Legion was founded.

Alan L. Bean1932 Astronaut Alan L. Bean was born.

David Black1934 Anthropologist Davidson Black died.

1937 The first blood bank was established in Chicago.

1945 Billboard published its first album chart.

1954 The CBS Morning Show premiered.

1956 The musical My Fair Lady opened on Broadway.

1957 Great Britain became the third nation in the world to explode a nuclear bomb.

Prince Albert II1958 Prince Albert II of Monaco was born.

1960 The National Observatory at Kitt Peak was dedicated.

1964 Actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton were married.

1967 Arthur da Costa e Silva was inaugurated President of Brazil.

EXPO 701970 The Japan World Exposition (EXPO 70) opened to the general public.

1971 The first internet chatroom debuted.

1972 The Godfather was released to theaters.

1977 Eight Is Enough debuted on ABC-TV.

1985 The first internet domain name was registered (

1989 The Department of Veteraans Affairs was established as a Cabinet-level position.

Dr. Benjamin Spock1998 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock died.

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