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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 (as Orange River Colony).
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.
1929 Leo Diegel won the PGA Championship.
1930 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was born.
1936 The New York Yankees defeated the New York Giants to win the World Series.
1939 Adolf Hitler announced that he had no intention of waging war against Britain and France.
1941 The New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series.
1942 Actress Britt Ekland was born.
1943 Actor Michael Durrell was born.
1947 The New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series.
1948 An earthquake killed about 100,000 people in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic.
President Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act.
1951 Cereal company founder Will Keith Kellogg died.
1952 Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opened in London, England.
1958 The nuclear
submarine U.S.S. Seawolf completed a 60-day
underwater operation to set a record.
1960 The film Spartacus premiered in New York City, New York.
1962 The United States performed an atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island.
1963 The Los Angeles
Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees to win the World
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.
1974 Emerson Fittipaldi won the Formula One Drivers' Championship.
bombs exploded aboard Cubana Flight 455 soon after it
took off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73
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.
1987 Major General Sitiveni Rabuka declared Fiji a republic.
1989 Actress Bette Davis died.
1990 Solar Polar Orbiter Ulysses was launched.
1991 The Baltimore Orioles played their last game at Memorial Stadium.
1995 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet orbiting around it.
1996 Bob Dole and
President Bill Clinton met in their first debate.
2000 Slobodan Milosevic resigned as President of Yugoslavia.
2010 Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched Instagram.
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