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Guy Fawkes Day
1370 King Casimir III of Poland died.
1549 Philippe de Mornay, French Huguenot statesman, was born.
1605 The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British Parliament failed.
1630 Spain and England signed a peace treaty.
1639 The first post office in the American colonies was established in Massachusetts.
1733 John Peter Zenger published the first issue of the New York Weekly Journal.
1781 John Hanson was elected as the first "President of US in Congress assembled."
1789 The French National Meeting declared all citizens equal under the law.
1810 Alphonso Taft, Attorney General of the United States, was born.
1816 American statesman Gouverneur Morris died.
1818 Attorney and Civil War General Benjamin Franklin Butler was born.
1838 Honduras declared itself independent of the Central American Federation.
1849 Brazilian statesman Rui Barbosa was born.
1851 Charles Dow, co-creater of the Dow Jones Average, was born.
1852 The American Society of Civil Engineers was organized.
British and French forces defeated a Russian force of
50,000 at Inkerman, Russia.
1855 Eugene V. Debs, American socialist and labor leader, was born.
1857 Journalist Ida Tarbell was born.
1872 Painter Thomas Sully died.
1873 John A. Macdonald resigned as Prime Minister of Canada.
1879 Physicist James Clerk Maxwell died.
1885 Will Durant, historian and educator, was born.
1889 Louisa Woosley became the first woman to be ordained as a Presbyterian minister, by the U.S. Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
George B. Selden was granted the first ever U.S. patent
for a gasoline-powered automobile.
1900 Cuba called a constitutional convention.
1902 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond was born.
1905 Actor Joel McCrea was born.
1911 Television and movie cowboy Roy Rogers was born.
1912 Arizona, Kansas, and Wisconsin voted for woman suffrage.
Ludwig III was crowned King of Bavaria.
1914 England and France declared war on Turkey.
1916 Emperors Wilhelm II (Germany) and Franz Jozef I (Austria-Hungary) established the kingdom of Poland.
1917 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas.
1919 Accordion player Myron Floren was born.
1927 Walter Hagen won
his fourth consecutive PGA title, at Cedar Crest, Texas.
1931 Rock musician Ike Turner was born.
1933 Spanish Basques
voted for autonomy.
1935 The Maryland Court
of Appeals ordered the University of Maryland to admit
Donald Murray, a black man.
1940 Actress Elke Sommer was born.
1941 Singer Art Garfunkel was born.
1942 Composer George M. Cohan died.
1943 Playwright Sam Shepard was born.
1946 Musician Gram Parsons was born.
1947 Rock musician Peter Noone was born.
1949 Actor Armin Shimerman was born.
1952 Basketball player Bill Walton was born.
1956 Britain and France
landed forces at Port Said, Egypt, in reaction to Egypt's
seizure of the Suez Canal.
1959 Rock singer Bryan Adams was born.
1960 Actor Ward Bond
1963 Actress Andrea
McArdle was born.
1974 Walter E.
Washington became the first elected mayor of Washington,
1975 The British
government sent troops to Belize.
1977 Band leader Guy Lombardo died.
1978 Golfer Bubba Watson was born.
1979 Cartoonist Al Capp died.
1987 Musician Kevin Jonas was born.
1989 Alain Prost won the
Formula One Drivers' Championship.
1991 The body of millionaire newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell was found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife.
1992 Bobby Fisher beat
Boris Spassky in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to win the World
1994 George Foreman KO'd Michael Moorer in the 10th round to become the oldest fighter ever to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
1995 André Dallaire attempted to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
2000 Environmentalist David Ross Brower died.
2003 Singer Bobby Hatfield died.
2006 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death.
2007 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, went into lunar orbit.
2009 U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas.
2012 A suicide car bomb killed 50 Syrian military personnel in Hama.
2017 A gunman killed 26 persons and wounded 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas.
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