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1413 King Henry IV of England died.
1800 Alessandro Volta reported his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London.
1811 American painter George Caleb Bingham was born.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte returned to power in France.
1816 The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
1820 Alexandru Ioan Cuza, first Prince of Romania, was born.
1828 Poet and dramatist Henrik Ibsen was born.
1834 Educator Charles W. Eliot was born.
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published.
1885 John Matzeliger patented a shoe lacing machine.
1890 Tenor Lauritz Melchior was born.
1904 Psychologist B.F. Skinner was born.
1906 Actor Ozzie Nelson was born.
1907 American politician Ellis Arnall was born.
1908 Actor Michael Redgrave was born.
1917 Gideon Sundback received a patent for what is now known as a zipper.
USS Langley was commissioned, becoming the U.S.
Navy's first aircraft carrier.
1928 Fred Rogers, of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" fame, was born.
1931 Actor Hal Linden was born.
1935 The radio show "Your Hit Parade" premiered.
1937 Country musician Jerry Reed was born.
1939 Martin Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1948 Hockey player Bobby Orr was born.
1956 Tunisia gained its independence from France.
1957 Film director Spike Lee was born.
1964 The European Space Research Organization was established.
1969 John Lennon married Yoko Ono.
1974 Television journalist Chet Huntley died.
1976 Patricia Hearst was convicted of participating in a bank robbery carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1990 Namibia gained its independence from Great Britain.
1999 Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain completed the first ever non-stop balloon circumnavigation around the world.
2010 U.S. Congressman and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall died.
2016 Anker Jorgensen, former Prime MInister of Denmark, died.
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