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The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
The United States and China established diplomatic relations.
Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.
Former director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover was born.
Author J.D. Salinger was born.
Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
Bruno Hauptmann went on trial for kidnapping and murdering the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph.
Oil prices rose to $100 a barrel for the first time.
Actress Kate Bosworth was born.
English general James Wolfe was born.
The March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized.
The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
The last new daily 'Peanuts' comic strip by Charles Schultz ran in 2,600 newspapers.
NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touched down on the red planet.
Football quarterback Eli Manning was born.
Novelist J. R. R. Tolkien was born.
Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state.
Poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76.
Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House.
Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper, the 2,717 foot-tall tower Burj Kahlifa.
Physicist Sir Issac Newton was born.
Educator Louis Braille was born.
A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Virginia.
An Austrian newspaper reported the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen.
President Richard Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.
Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds.
Actor Bradley Cooper was born.
Former vice president Walter Mondale was born.
Congress certified George W. Bush the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
George Washington and Martha Curtis were married.
Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated the telegraph.
Theodore Roosevelt died at age 60.
Mathematician Jakob Bernoulli was born.
Poet Carl Sandburg was born.
President Harry Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the U.S. had developed a hydrogen bomb.
The United States recognized Fidel Castro's new government in Cuba.
Japanese emperor Hirohito died at age 87.
President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began in the Senate.
President Millard Fillmore was born.
Actor Nicolas Cage was born.
Astronomer Galileo Galilei died at 77.
President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000 for the first time.
Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson.
Singer Elvis Presley was born.
Singer David Bowie was born.
The Surveyor 7 space probe became the last unmanned vessel to explore the moon.
Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iTunes music management software.
'The Phantom of the Opera' became the longest-running show on Broadway, surpassing 'Cats'.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
Musician Jimmy Page was born.
President Richard Nixon was born.
Thomas Paine published the pamphlet 'Common Sense'.
John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
The Beatles's first album in the U.S., 'Introducing the Beatles', was released.
North Korea withdrew from a global treaty barring it from making nuclear weapons.
Singer Rod Stewart was born.
Singer Pat Benatar was born.
The Michigan Territory was created.
Alabama seceded from the Union.
The first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Cuba.
Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, died at age 88.
First Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was born.
Actor Rod Taylor was born.
The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Led Zeppelin's first album was released.
The sitcom 'All in the Family' premiered on CBS.
Boxer Joe Frazier was born.
Radio talk show host Howard Stern was born.
Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland by Pope Paul VI.
Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born.
Actor Patrick Dempsey was born.
The U.S. ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) died at age 65.
NBC's 'Today Show' premiered.
A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Titan, one of Saturn's moons.
Rapper LL Cool J was born.
American patriot/traitor Benedict Arnold was born.
England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
The Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl over the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
Wikipedia made its debut.
US Airways pilot Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by birds flying into the engines just after takeoff from New York-LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson
Rapper Pitbull was born.
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was born.
Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment took effect
General Dwight David Eisenhower too command of the Allied invasion force in London.
Two manned Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.
Senator Barack Obama launched his successful bid for the White House.
Baseball player Albert Pujols was born.
Football player Joe Flacco was born.
Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown.
The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
President Rutherford B. Hayes died at age 70.
Gangster Al Capone was born.
Inventor Benjamin Franklin was born.
Boxer Muhammed Ali was born.
Navigator Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands.
The Soviets announced they had broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad.
Eastern Airlines shut down after more than six decades in business.
The world's largest commercial jet, an Airbus A380 that could carry 800 passengers, was unveiled.
Orator Daniel Webster was born.
Author A.A. Milne was born.
A presidential news conference was aired on TV for the first time.
The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for 14 months.
The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
Inventor James Watt was born.
Author Edgar Allan Poe was born.
John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hong Kong was ceded to Birtain.
The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.
Astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin was born.
Comedian Bill Maher was born.
The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus was launched.
The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.
President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted fot the first time in history to discipline their leadeer for ethical misconduct.
Attorney General Eric Holder was born.
Golfer Jack Nicklaus was born.
Russian troops opened fire on marching workers in St. Petersburg, killing over 100 in what became known as 'Bloody Sunday'.
The Boeing 747 wen on its first regularly scheduled commercial flight, from New York to London.
The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female Secretary of State
Conan O'Brien ended his seven-month period of hosting 'The Tonight Show'.
Singer Steve Perry was born.
Hockey player Mike Bossy was born.
Georgetown University was established in Washington, D.C.
English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became thhe first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.
The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
The 24th amendment to the Constitution, which eliminated poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
American Revolutionary statesman John Hancock was born.
Mathematician David Hilbert was born.
The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun.
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at age 84.
NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.
Singer Neil Diamond was born.
Actor Ed Helms was born.
Shays' Rebellion occurred when debt-ridden farmers tried to capture an arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated a transcontinental service in the U.S.
Gangster Al Capone died at age 48.
American Airlines opened the Jet Age with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
Confederate Army officer George Edward Pickett was born.
Singer Alicia Keys was born.
Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
'The Phantom of the Opera' opened at the Majestic Theater in New York.
An earthquake hit India, killing more than 13,000 people.
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets
Musician Eddie Van Halen was born.
Hockey player Wayne Gretzky was born.
The era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began.
Astronauts Virgil I. 'Gus' Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.
Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
Chief Justice John Roberts was born.
Space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds from liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
The Coast Guard was created.
President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa.
Pianist Arthur Rubinstein was born.
Painter Jackson Pollock was born.
Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' was published.
Kansas became the 34th state of the union.
The first five members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named his intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, as his first-ever vice president.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was born.
President William McKinley was born.
James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Ghandi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
The Beatles performed in public for the last time.
Iraqis voted in their country's first free election in a half-century.
Vice president Dick Cheney was born.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born.
Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies.
U.S. forces invaded the Japanese-held Marshall Islands during WWII.
McDonalds Corp. opened its first fast food restaurant in Moscow.
The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Baseball player Jackie Robinson was born.
Baseball player Nolan Ryan was born.
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