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888 - Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.

1099 - Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria.

1328 - Edward III of England marries Philippa, daughter of the Count of Hainault.

1547 - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey sentenced to death.

1559 - Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.

1602 - William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is published.

1605 - The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.

1607 - Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.

1610 - Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th moon of Jupiter.

1622 - Work on the printing of the First Folio of William Shakespeare is suspended.

1625 - John Milton, 16, is admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge.

1733 - James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.

1785 - John Walter publishes first issue of the Daily Universal Register (later renamed The Times).


1830 - Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.

1832 - President Andrew Jackson writes Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.

1840 - The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.

1854 - The accordion is patented by Anthony Faas.

1869 - National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C..

1893 - The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting.

1893 - US Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1898 - Emile Zola's J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.

1915 - An Earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.

1930 - Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance.

1935 - A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.

1938 - Church of England accepts theory of evolution.


1942 - Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

1942 - The United States begins Japanese American internment.

1953 - Marshal Josip Broz Tito chosen President of Yugoslavia.

1957 - Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee.

1958 - Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

1966 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

1968 - Johnny Cash records his landmark album At Folsom Prison live at Folsom State Prison

1972 - Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.

1982 - Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 737 jet crashes into Washington, DC's 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.

1986 - A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.

1990 - L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.

1991 - Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius.

1992 - Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

2001 - An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.


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