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*1883Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco, considered the most important 20th-century muralist to work in fresco, was born. 
2001A crowd of 87,555 people watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7. The crowd was the largest to see a football game in Texas. 
1998A U.S. federal judge rejected a Virginia county's effort to block pornography on library computer calling the attempt unconstitutional.  
1998Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two had been married on November 14, 1998.  
1998The tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement. It was a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers.  
1995Charles Rathbun, free-lance photographer, was booked in Hermosa Beach, CA, for investigation of murder in the disappearance of model Linda Sobek. He was later convicted.  
1994About 111 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a stampede after Indian police baton-charged tribal protesters in the western city of Nagpur.  
1992The play "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" opened.  
1991The Sacramento Kings ended the NBA's longest road losing streak at 43 games.  
1991Yugoslavia's rival leaders agreed to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkan civil war.  
1989Lucia Barrera de Cerna, a housekeeper who claimed she had witnessed the slaying of six Jesuit priests and two other people at the Jose Simeon Canas University in El Salvador, was flown to the U.S.  
1988Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th National Hockey League (NHL) goal.  
1986In Manila, President Aquino dismissed Defense Minister Enrile.  
1985Gunmen hijacked an Egyptian jetliner en route from Athens to Cairo. The plane was forced to land in Malta.  
1985Larry Wu-tai Chin, a retired CIA analyst, was arrested and accused of spying for China. He committed suicide a year after his conviction.  
1980In southern Italy, approximately 4,800 people were killed in a series of earthquakes.  
1979In Dublin, Ireland, Thomas McMahon was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of Earl Mountbatten.  
1971The People's Republic of China was seated in the United Nations Security Council.  
1961The Dominican Republic changed the name of its capital from Ciudad Trujillo to Santo Domingo.  
1948Dr. Frank G. Back patented the "Zoomar" lens.  
1946At least 6,000 Vietnamese civilians were killed in a French naval bombardment of the port city of Haiphong. 
1945The U.S. wartime rationing of most foods ended.  
1943During World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.  
1936The first edition of "Life" was published.  
1935Lincoln Ellsworth landed on Ellsworth Land, Antarctica, and claimed it for the United States, a claim the U.S. government has never taken up. 
1890Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands at the age of 10 when her father William III died.  
1889The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.  
1863The Battle of Chattanooga, a decisive Union victory during the American Civil War, began. 
1855Passed this day in 1855 in Mexico, the Ley Juárez abolished special courts for the clergy and military in an attempt by justice minister Benito Juárez to eliminate the remnants of colonialism in Mexico and promote equality. 
1835Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine.  
1765The British Stamp Act received its first repudiation from jurists in the Frederick County Court House in Frederick, Maryland. 
1572Florentine painter Il Bronzino, whose portraits are prime examples of the Mannerist style and whose works are classic embodiments of the courtly ideal under the Medici dukes of the mid-16th century, died this day in 1572. 
1407Louis I, duc d'Orléans, was assassinated by agents of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy, during a power struggle over control of the French king Charles VI. 
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Famous Birthdays
1995 - Austin Majors
1992 - Miley Cyrus
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1976 - Page KennedyActress
1970 - Oded FehrActor
1967 - Salli Richardson
1966 - Ken BlockRock Musician (Sister Hazel)
1960 - John HentonActor
1959 - Maxwell CaulfieldActor
1954 - Bruce Hornsby
1942 - Susan AnspachActress
1941 - Franco NeroActor
1932 - Elmarie WendelActress
1925 - Johnny Mandel
1888 - Harpo Marx
1887 - Boris Karloff
1859 - Billy the Kid
1804 - Franklin Pierce

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