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1180 King Louis VII of France died.
1544 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and French King Francis I signed by the Peace of CrÚpy, ending the Fourth Hapsburg-Valois War.
1635 Emperor Ferdinand II declared war on France.
1709 Author and dictionary maker Samuel Johnson was born.
1759 Quebec, Canada, surrendered to the British.
1765 Pope Gregory XVI was born.
1769 John Harris built the first spinet piano.
1793 President George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol.
1809 The Royal Opera House opened in London, England.
1810 Chile declared its independence from Spain.
1819 Physicist Jean Foucault was born.
1850 The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law.
1851 The first issue of the New York Times was published.
1872 Oscar II became King of Sweden-Norway.
1895 John George Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1898 Alberto Santos-Dumont demonstrated his first dirigible.
Actor Eddie Anderson was born.
1908 Thomas Ethelon Selfridge became the first person to die as the result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash.
1914 The Irish Home Rule Bill received Royal Assent.
1920 Actor Jack Warden was born.
1922 Hungary was admitted to the League of Nations.
1927 The Columbia Broadcasting System began operations, with 16 radio stations.
1931 Japanese forces invaded Manchuria.
1932 Actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping from the letter "H" in the Hollywood sign.
Actor Robert Blake was born.
Russia was admitted to the League of Nations.
1940 Singer Frankie Avalon was born.
1946 Joe Louis KO'd Tami Mauriello in the first round for the heavyweight boxing title.
The United States Air Force was established.
Rock musician Kerry Livgren was born.
1951 The film A Streetcar Named Desire was released.
1957 "Wagon Train" premiered on NBC-TV.
1959 Vanguard III was launched from Cape Canaveral.
Dag Hammarskj÷ld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was
killed in a plane crash in Africa.
1963 The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets, 5-1, in the last game at the Polo Grounds.
"The Addams Family" premiered on ABC-TV.
"Get Smart" premiered on CBS-TV.
1967 Yellowknife replaced Ottawa as rhe capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
1970 Guitarist Jimi Hendrix died.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong was born.
1972 Actor Michael Landes was born.
1975 Newspaper heiress/kidnap victim Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, California.
1981 The French National Assembly voted to abolish capital punishment.
1983 "Hardcastle and McCormick" premiered on ABC-TV.
1985 "The Equalizer" premiered on CBS-TV.
General Prosper Avril seized control of the Haitian
1990 Liechtenstein became a member of the United Nations.
Burns' "Baseball" premiered on PBS.
1996 Roger Clemens became the only player in Major League history to strike-out 20 players in one 9-inning game twice.
1997 Voters in Wales voted "yes" in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was
2012 A fire at a Pemex gas facility in Reynosa, Mexico, killed 26 prsons.
2014 Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom.
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