1411 First Peace of Thorn signed in Thorn, Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights.
1884 The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1937 Don Everly was born in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
1942 The Voice of America (VOA) began broadcasting.
1964 The Beatles first number one U.S. Hit with I Want to Hold Your Hand.
1979 Patty Hearst was released from prison, sentence commuted by President Jimmy Carter.
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.
1996 The Communications Decency Act was passed by the United States Congress.
2004 Janet Jackson’s breast exposed during the half-
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1848 The first ship with Chinese immigrants aboard arrived in San Francisco.
1876 Baseball’s National League was formed in New York with eight teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
1882 James Joyce was born in Rathgar, Dublin.
1887 First Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
1922 Ulysses by James Joyce was published.
1939 Joyce’s Finnegans Wake was published.
2019 Carol Emshwiller died in Durham, North Carolina at age 97.
1468 Johannes Gutenberg died in Mainz, Germany at age 70.
1690 Massachusetts colony issued first paper money in the Americas.
1874 Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
1918 Twin Peaks Tunnel, San Francisco, began service; the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.
1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus died at Eboracum while preparing to lead a campaign against the Caledonians.
1789 George Washington unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
1818 Joshua A. Norton (Emperor Norton) was born in Deptford, London, England.
1899 The Philippine-
1968 Neal Cassady died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at age 41.
1974 Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the SLA.
2004 Facebook founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
2016 Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the Moon, died in Hereford, Texas at age 85.
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1914 William Seward Burroughs was born in St. Louis.
1919 Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith launched the United Artists film studio.
1564 Christopher Marlowe was born.
1748 Adam Weishaupt, Illuminati founder, was born in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.
1895 Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore.
1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois.
1917 Zsa Zsa Gabor was born in Budapest.
1945 Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica.
1976 Leonard Peltier was arrested.
2016 Dan Hicks died in Mill Valley, California.
1812 Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, England.
1947 Main group of Dead Sea Scrolls was found.
1992 Maastricht Treaty was signed, leading to the creation of the European Union.
2011 Julius Stürmer died in Geltendorf, Bavaria, Germany at age 95.
2018 John Perry Barlow died in San Francisco at age 70.
1238 Mongols burned city of Vladimir, Russia.
1879 Sanford Fleming first proposed adoption of Universal Standard Time.
1926 Neal Cassady was born in Salt Lake City.
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1909 Davy Institute of Tree Surgery opened in Kent, Ohio.
1944 Alice Walker was born in Putnam County, Georgia.
1944 Don Joyce of Negativland group and Over The Edge radio was born in Keene, New Hampshire.
1964 First appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1986 Halley’s Comet most recent appearance in the inner Solar System.
1258 Baghdad fell to the horde of Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate was destroyed.
1898 Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, German Empire.
1940 Tom and Jerry debuted in the cartoon short Puss Gets the Boot.
1847 Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.
1929 The State of Vatican City was granted independence by Benito Mussolini.
1937 Flint, Michigan sit-
1938 The first Science Fiction TV program on BBC adapted part of Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R. which coined the term “robot.”
1978 China lifted a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens.
1990 In South Africa, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.
1809 Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.
1809 Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
2000 Charles M. Schulz died in Santa Rosa, California at age 77.
2002 U.S. DEA raided San Francisco Bay Area medical marijuana clubs and made arrests.
2019 Lyndon LaRouche died at age 96.
1633 Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.
1881 La Citoyenne was first published in Paris.
1883 Richard Wagner died in Venice at age 69.
1947 Kevin Bloody Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia.
1920 The Negro National League was formed in Kansas City, Missouri.
2000 The last original Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz died.
2016 Antonin Scalia died in Shafter, Texas at age 79.
1819 Joshua “Emperor” Norton was born in London.
1899 Voting machines were approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.
1989 Salman Rushdie was sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran for writing/publishing The Satanic Verses.
2015 In Copenhagen, a public discussion called Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression, and later the city’s Great Synagogue were attacked by a lone gunman.
1564 Galileo was born in Pisa, Italy.
2003 Protests against Iraq war in 600+ cities worldwide; 8 to 30 million people; the largest peace demonstration in history.
2013 A meteor exploded over Russia, with shock waves injuring 1,500 people.
1909 Hugh Beaumont was born in Eudora, Kansas.
2016 Boutros Boutros-
2019 Ken Nordine died in Chicago at age 98.
1600 The philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake at Campo de’ Fiori in
Rome at age 51-
1621 Myles Standish appointed first commander of the Plymouth Colony.
1802 Electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr resolved when Jefferson elected President and Burr, Vice President by U.S. House of Representatives.
1904 Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini premièred at La Scala in Milan.
1909 Apache Chief Geronimo died while in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
1933 United States Alcohol Prohibition ended.
1933 Newsweek magazine was first published.
2016 Tony Phillips of the Oakland A’s died in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 56.
1564 Michelangelo died in Rome at age 88.
1885 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published.
1922 Helen Gurley Brown was born in Green Forest, Arkansas.
1933 Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo.
1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.
2016 San Francisco Giant Jim Davenport died in Redwood City, California at age 82.
356 Emperor Constantius II issued a decree to order the closing of all the pagan temples within the Roman Empire.
1473 Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń, Poland.
1949 Ezra Pound awarded first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
2016 Umberto Eco died in Milan at age 84.
2016 Harper Lee died in Monroeville, Alabama at age 89.
1902 Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco.
1931 United States Congress approved the construction of the San Francisco-
1954 Patty Hearst was born in San Francisco.
1962 John Glenn first orbited the moon.
1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto.
1874 The Oakland Daily Tribune published its first edition.
1903 Anaïs Nin was born in Paris.
1925 The first issue of The New Yorker magazine was published.
1937 League of Nations banned foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
1951 Vince Welnick was born in Phoenix, Arizona.
1965 Malcolm X was shot and killed while delivering a speech in New York City at age 39.
2017 Ray Amir, Pinel School co-
1371 Robert II became King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
1732 George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
1918 Charlie Finley, businessman, was born in Ensley, Alabama.
1925 Edward Gorey, illustrator and poet, was born in Chicago.
1938 Ishmael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1986 People Power Revolution began in the Philippines.
1997 Dolly the sheep cloned in Scotland.
2017 Terra Dunlap and Joe Burke were married by the Rev. Roberts in San Francisco.
2021 Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American poet and co-
1633 Samuel Pepys, English administrator, politician, and secret diarist was born in London.
1868 W. E. B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
1941 Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
1991 In “Desert Storm,” the Allied ground offensive began against Iraq.
1582 Pope Gregory XIII corrected mistakes on the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days and directing that the day after October 4, 1582 would be October 15, inaugurating the Gregorian calendar.
1920 The Nazi Party was founded in Germany.
1942 The Great Los Angeles Air Raid.
1846 William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was born near Le Claire, Iowa.
1866 The Calaveras Skull was “discovered.” It supposedly indicated that man, mastodons,
and elephants had co-
1901 Zeppo Marx was born in New York City.
1943 George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England.
1950 David Granda was born.
1983 Tennessee Williams died in New York City at age 71.
1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1808 Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor was born in Marseille.
1829 Levi Strauss (Löb Strauß) was born in Buttenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria.
1848 The Communist Manifesto was published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
1932 Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas.
1993 World Trade Center bombed, New York City.
1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.
1812 Lord Byron’s first address to the House of Lords defended Luddite violence vs. Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.
1902 John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California.
1932 Elizabeth Taylor was born in London.
1933 Reichstag fire, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin was set on fire.
1934 Ralph Nader was born in Winsted, Connecticut.
1973 American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
2003 Mister Fred Rogers died in Pittsburgh at age 74.
2015 Leonard Nimoy died in Los Angeles at age 83.
1525 Aztec king Cuauhtémoc was executed on the order of conquistador Hernán Cortés.
1749 Henry Fielding published Tom Jones.
1883 First vaudeville theater opened in Boston.
1916 Henry James died in Chelsea, London.
1939 Erroneous word “dord” was discovered in Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting investigation.
1954 First color television using NTSC standard offered for sale to the general public.
1994 NATO’s first combat action in history: four Bosnian Serb jets shot down by
American fighters in a no-
2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigned, becoming the first Catholic pope to do so since 1415.
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468 Pope Hilarius died in Rome.
2004 President of Haiti, Jean-
2012 Davy Jones died in Stuart, Florida at age 66.