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1328 The Kingdom of England recognized the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
1544 Turkish troops occupied Hungary.
1572 Pope Pius V died.
1625 Prince Frederick Henry was appointed Viceroy of Holland.
1672 Essayist Joseph Addison was born.
1682 King Louis XIV of France inaugurated the Paris Observatory.
1704 The Boston Newsletter published the first newspaper advertisement.
1707 The Act of Union joined England and Wales with Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
1715 Prussia declared war on Sweden.
1725 Spain and Austria signed a trade treaty.
1753 Species Plantarum, by Carolus Linnaeus, was published.
1757 Austria and France divided Prussia.
1759 A British fleet captured the West Indies island of Guadeloupe from France.
1764 Architect Benjamin Latrobe was born.
1776 Adam Weishaupt founded the Secret Society of the Illuminati.
1785 Kamehameha established the Kingdom of Hawai'i.
1786 Mozart's opera Marriage of Figaro premiered in Vienna, Austria.
1813 Robert Hancock Hunter, early Texas pioneer, was born.
1840 The world's first adhesive postage stamps were issued by the United Kingdom.
1841 The first emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
1848 Phi Gamma Delta was founded, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1851 The Great Exhibition opened in the Crystal Palace, London, England.
1852 Frontierswoman Calamity Jane was born.
1862 Union troops led by Major General Benjamin Butler occupied New Orleans, Louisiana.
1863 The Battle of Chancellorsville (Virginia) began.
1866 The American Equal Rights Association was organized.
1867 Howard University was chartered.
first U. S. postal card was issued.
1883 The Amsterdam (Netherlands) World's Fair opened.
1889 Bayer introduced aspirin in powder form, in Germany.
1893 The World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago.
1898 Admiral George Dewey won the Battle of Manila Bay.
1900 A premature blast collapsed a mine tunnel at Scofield, Utah, and killed about 200 people.
McFarland hit the first American League grand slam.
1904 Composer Antonin Dvorák died.
1907 Singer Kate Smith was born.
1916 Actor Glenn Ford was born.
1918 Talk show host Jack Paar was born.
1919 Mount Kelud, in Indonesia, erupted, emptying a boiling crater lake onto 104 small villages and killing 5,000 people.
Belgium-Luxembourg Toll Tunnel opened.
1923 Author Joseph Heller was born.
1924 Game show host Art Fleming was born.
1926 Satchel Paige made his pitching debut in the Negro Southern League.
1928 Six children were killed and ten injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania.
The Empire State Building
1936 FBI director J. Edgar Hoover arrested gangster Alvin Karpis.
1937 U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act.
1938 Reorganization created the Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing Airplane Company.
1939 Singer Judy Collins was born.
1940 The 1940 Olympics were cancelled.
U. S. Savings Bond went on sale to help finance the war
rationing began in the United States.
1944 Singer Rita Coolidge was born.
propoganda minister Joseph Goebbels committed suicide.
1946 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery was appointed British Supreme Commander.
Radar for commercial andprivate planes was demonstrated.
Korea proclaimed itself the People's Democratic Republic
1950 Gwendolyn Brooks became the first black
to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1952 Hasbro introduced Mr. Potato Head.
1954 Raymond York rode Determine to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1959 Clare Boothe Luce resigned as U.S.
Ambassador to Brazil.
1960 A U-2 spy plane
piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the
1961 The Anne Frank
House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, was opened as an
international youth center.
1963 Indonesia took
control of Irian Jaya from the Netherlands.
1964 The first BASIC
program was run on a computer at Dartmouth.
1965 Bill Shoemaker rode
Lucky Debonair to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1966 The Beatles played their last British concert at Empire Pool in Wembley.
1967 Gustavo Avila rode
Canonero II to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1971 Amtrak Railroad began operation.
1976 Angel Cordero, Jr., rode Bold Forbes to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
1977 Thirty-six persons were killed during Labour Day celebrations in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey.
1978 Naomi Uemura became the first person ever to complete a solo trek to the North Pole.
Home rule was granted to Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland.
1982 The 1982 World's
Fair opened in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1986 A dogsled expedition led by Will Steger became the first to reach the North Pole without being resupplied during the trek.
1989 Disney's MGM Studio
officially opened to te public.
1993 A bomb attack aimed
at the President of Sri Lanka killed 26 persons.
1998 Activist Eldridge Cleaver died.
1999 Chris Antley rode
Charismatic to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
2000 The film Gladiator premiered in Los Angeles, California.
2003 U. S. President George W. Bush publicly declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
2004 Stewart Elliott rode Smarty Jones to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
2009 Sweden legalized same-sex marriage.
2010 A car bomb failed
to go off in Times Square, New York City, New York.
2011 Al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS.
2013 A flash flood killed 16 persons in Saudi Arabia.
2015 Expo 2015 opened in Milan, Italy.
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