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1607 English colonists arrived at the site of what became Jamestown, Virginia.
1717 Empress Maria Theresa of Austria was born.
1742 Manasseh Cutler, American minister, physician, scientist, and politician, was born.
1753 French military strategist and politician L.M.N. Carnot was born.
1819 Inventor Oliver Evans died.
1832 Zoologist Georges Cuvier died.
1842 Composer Arthur Sullivan was born.
1846 Congress approved a declaration of war against Mexico.
1869 Robert Dalton, "Wild West" outlaw, was born.
1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the mechanical reaper, died.
1913 Igor Sikorsky successfully demonstrated the first four-engine airplane.
1914 Boxer Joe Louis was born.
1917 Three children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1918 The first U.S. airmail stamps were introduced.
1922 Actress Beatrice Arthur was born.
1927 Critic Clive Barnes was born.
1938 Actor Buck Taylor was born.
1939 Actor Harvey Keitel was born.
1947 Author Charles Baxter was born.
Actor Franklyn Ajaye was born.
1950 Singer Stevie Wonder was born.
1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1958 Vice-President Richard Nixon and his wife were spat upon and their limousine battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1961 Basketball player Dennis Rodman was born.
Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert was born.
1965 Country singer Lari White was born.
1966 Rock singer Darius Rucker was born.
Ralph David Abernathy led the Poor People's March in Washington, D.C.
1972 Actor Dan Blocker died.
1975 Country musician Bob Wills died.
1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square.
1985 A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive onto the group's headquarters; 11 people died in the resulting fire.
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