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Journalist, publisher, author, philanthropist, public servant, scientist, diplomat, and inventor Benjamin Franklin born in Boston.
Painter and illustrator A. B. Frost born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor, director, and producer Mack Sennett born in Richmond, Quebec, Canada.
Known as the King of Comedy, Sennett founded the Keystone Studios in Edendale, California in 1912 which produced many silent slapstick comedies.
Gangster Al Capone born in Brooklyn, New York.
Anton ChekhovThe Cherry Orchard by premieres in Moscow.
Poet William Stafford born in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Mr. Stafford served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1970-1971.
Popeye makes his first appearance in the comic strip Thimble Theatre.
Author John Anthony Bellairs born in Marshall, Michigan.
Boxer and conscientious objector Muhammad Ali born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Comedian Andy Kaufman born in New York.
Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered by firing squad.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a farewell address to the nation, in which he warns against the dangers of the "military–industrial complex".
Super Bowl V - Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in the Miami Orange Bowl.
Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.
He became the first person executed in the United States after a ten year moratorium.
The Drudge Report breaks the story of the Lewinsky affair
The death of Bobby Fischer, world chess champion 1972 to 1975, while living in Reykjavík, Iceland.