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1536 Religious reformer William Tyndale was burned at the stake.
1683 Thirteen German Mennonite families founded Germantown (now Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.
1769 British General Isaac Brock was born.
1773 Louis Philippe, King of France, was born.
1783 Benjamin Hanks patented the self-winding clock.
1789 King Louis XVI of France was forced to move to the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
1820 Singer Jenny Lind was born.
1846 Inventor George Westinghouse was born.
1857 The American Chess Association was organized.
1862 U.S. Senator Albert Jeremiah Beveridge was born.
Battle of Baxter Springs (Kansas) was fought.
1866 The Reno Brothers committed the first train robbery in the United States.
1876 The American Library Association was organized.
1884 The Naval War College was established in Newport, Rhode Island.
1887 Architect Le Corbusier was born.
1889 Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture.
1890 The Mormon Church outlawed polygamy.
1892 Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson died.
1893 Nabisco Foods invented Cream of Wheat.
1900 Great Britain annexed Orange Free State.
1906 Actress Janet Gaynor was born.
Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1911 Cy Young made his final appearance in a Major League game.
1914 Explorer-adventurer Thor Heyerdahl was born.
1915 Austro-German forces invaded Serbia.
1927 Jazz Singer, the first movie with a soundtrack, was released in New York City.
1928 Chiang Kai-shek became President of China.
1930 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was born.
1939 Adolf Hitler announced that he had no intention of waging war against Britain and France.
1942 Actress Britt Ekland was born.
1943 Actor Michael Durrell was born.
President Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act.
1951 Cereal company founder Will Keith Kellogg died.
1959 The Soviet lunar probe Luna 3 impacted the Moon.
1962 The United States performed an atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island.
1963 Actress Elisabeth Shue was born.
1965 Actor Tom Kennedy died.
1966 California became the first state to outlaw LSD.
1967 The Oroville Dam in California was completed.
1973 Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
1976 John Hathaway completed a 50,600-mile bicycle tour of every continent.
1979 Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit the White House.
1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in Cairo by a group of Islamic fundamentalists within his own army.
Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, died.
1989 Actress Bette Davis died.
1990 Solar Polar Orbiter Ulysses was launched.
1995 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.
1996 Bob Dole and
President Bill Clinton met in their first debate.
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