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1386 The Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England was signed, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.
1439 Pope Pius III was born.
1671 Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal the British Crown Jewels.
1754 The first newspaper cartoon in America was published, depicting a divided snake with the words "Join or Die."
1775 Vermont's Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga.
1800 Abolitionist John Brown was born.
1860 Author J.M. Barrie was born.
1864 Union General John Sedgwick became the highest ranked casualty of the Civil War when he was killed by a sniper's bullet.
1874 Archaeologist Howard Carter was born.
1877 Romania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1893 The Edison Company publicly demonstrated the Kinetoscope.
1918 Television news correspondent Mike Wallace was born.
1926 Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly to the North Pole.
1927 Canberra officially replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia.
1931 Astronaut Vance Brand was born.
1939 Kateri Tekakwitha became the first Native American to be beatified by the Catholic Church.
1942 American politician John Ashcroft was born.
1946 The first hour long
entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass,"
1949 Singer Billy Joel was born.
1962 A laser beam was successfully bounced off the Moon for the first time.
1970 Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial was dedicated.
1992 The final episode of "Golden Girls" aired on NBC-TV.
1999 Actress Dana Plato died.
2004 Comedian Alan King died.
2010 Singer Lena Horne died.
2012 Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon died.
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