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1455 At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeated and captured King Henry VI of England.

1761 The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.

Martha Washington1802 Martha Washington, wife of President George Washington, died.

Aaron Burr1870 Former Vice-President Aaron Burr was indicted on charges of treason.

Wilhelm Richard Wagner1813 Composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner was born.

Abraham Lincoln1849 Abraham Lincoln patented a buoying device.

Charles Sumner1856 Congressman Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner with a cane on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

1859 Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

President Ulysses S. Grant1872 U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law, restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.

1888 Leroy Buffington patented a system for building skyscrapers.

1892 Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.

1900 Associated Press was organized in New York City.
1900 Edmund S. Votey patented the pneumatic piano player.

Wright Brothers1906 The Wright Brothers received a patent for their "flying machine."

1907 Actor Laurence Olivier was born.

1933 John Mackay made the first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.

1947 The "Truman Doctrine" was signed into law.
1947 The first U.S. ballistic missile was launched.

1956 The last episode of "The Bob Hope Show" aired on NBC-TV.

Chile Earthquake of 19601960 Chile was hit by an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, followed by a tsunami triggered by that earthquake.

1961 The first ever revolving restaurant opened atop Seattle's Space Needle.

1967 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuted.
James Langston Hughes1967 Author James Langston Hughes died.

1973 President Richard Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up.

1990 The final episode of "Newhart" aired on CBS-TV.

1992 Johnny Carson ended his 30-year career as host of "The Tonight Show."

2010 13-year old Jordan Romero became the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

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