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1123 The first Latern Council opened in Rome.

1229 German Emperor Frederick II crowned himself King of Jerusalem.

1673 Lord Berkley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers.

Sir Robert Walpole1745 Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of England, died.

Stamp Act1766 The Stamp Act was repealed by the British Parliament.

John C. Calhoun1782 American politician John C. Calhoun was born.

1818 Congress approved the first pensions for government service.

1834 The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed, in Pennsylvania.

David G. Burnet1836 David G. Burnet was chosen as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Grover Cleveland1837 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States, was born.

1844 Composer Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov was born.

1850 Henry Wells and William Fargo formed American Express in Buffalo, New York.

Rudolf Diesel1858 Inventor Rudolf Diesel was born.

1869 Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born.

1874 Hawaii signed a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.

1881 Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opened.

1882 "Wild West" figure Morgan Earp was shot to death.

Otto von Bismarck1890 Otto von Bismarck stepped down as Chancellor of Germany.

1891 Great Britain was linked to the European mainland by telephone.

1892 Lord Stanley presented a silver challenge cup for hockey.

birthplace1913 The Grover Cleveland Birthplace was opened to the public.
1913 King George I of Greece died.

1919 The Order of DeMolay was formed in Kansas City.

1926 Actor Peter Graves was born.

1927 American composer John Kander was born.

1931 The first electric shavers went on sale.

1932 Author John Updike was born.

1936 F.W. de Klerk, President of South Africa, was born.

1938 Country singer Charley Pride was born.

Georgia1939 Georgia ratified the Bill of Rights.

Benito Mussolini1940 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini agreed to join Adolf Hitler's war against France and Britain.

1943 Actor Kevin Dobson was born.

1947 William C. Durant, founder of General Motors, died.

1950 Actor Brad Dourif was born.

1951 Jazz musician Bill Frisell was born.

1953 The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee.
1953 The first Boeing RB-47E was rolled out at Wichita, Kansas.

Hawaii Statehood1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Statehood Bill.
Singer Irene Cara was born.

1961 The Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced.

1962 Actor Thomas Ian Griffith was born.
1962 Singer James McMurtry was born.

1963 Singer-actress Vanessa Williams was born.

1964 Bonnie Blair, Olympic gold medal speedskater, was born.

1965 The first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.
King Farouk1965 Farouk, former King of Egypt, died in exile.

1970 The NFL selected Wilson as its official football supplier and the scoreboard as the official timekeeper.
Queen Latifah, actress-talk show host, was born.

1979 Rock singer Adam Levine was born.

1980 Psychologist Erich Fromm died.

1989 A 4,400-year-old mummy was found in the Pyramid of Cheops.

2010 Actor Fess Parker died.

2016 Actor Joe Santos died.

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