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1471 Engraver Albrecht Dürer was born.
1527 King Philip II of Spain was born.
1688 Poet Alexander Pope was born.
1690 John Eliot, producer of the first Bible to be printed in America, died.
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition began.
1832 The first Democratic National Convention was held.
1856 Lawrence, Kansas, was sacked by pro-slavery forces.
1860 Jane Addams, founder of the Settlement House Movement, died.
1870 William C. Coleman, founder of the Coleman Company, was born.
1878 Aviator and inventor Glenn Curtiss was born.
1881 Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.
1891 American politician Alphonso Taft died.
1898 Businessman Armand Hammer was born.
1904 The Federation
Internationale de Football Association was formed.
1906 Louis H. Perlman
patented a demountable tire carrying rim for cars.
1908 The first horror movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, premiered, in Chicago.
1917 Leo Pinckney became
the first American draftee of World War I.
1918 Radio personality Dennis Day was born.
1921 Andrei Sakharov, physicist and activist, was born.
1924 Leopold and Loeb kidnapped Bobby Franks.
1927 Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 Amelia Earhart landed in Ireland to become the first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight.
1934 Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first U.S. city to fingerprint its citizens.
1945 Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were
1948 Singer Leo Sayer was born.
1952 Wrestler/actor Mr. T was born.
1956 The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.
1957 The Haitian army,
under Brigadier General Leon Cantave, took control of the
1960 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was born.
1964 The first nuclear-powered lighthouse began operations, in Chesapeake Bay.
1972 Rapper Notorious B.I.G. was born.
1982 British troops landed on the Falkland Islands.
1990 The final episode of "Newhart" aired on CBS-TV.
1991 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.
1999 All My Children star Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy, after being nominated a record 19 times.
2000 Author Barbara Cartland died.
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