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1554
Sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days, is beheaded in the Tower of London.

1689
The Convention Parliament declares that the flight to France by James II and his throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames, constituted his abdication as king.

1733

Georgia Day
Celebration of the colonial founding of Georgia by James Oglethorpe.

1789
Ethan Allen dies in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye.

1809

Sixteenth President of the US, Abraham Lincoln born in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Naturalist Charles Darwin (The Origin of Species) born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

1857
French photographer Eugène Atget born in Libourne, France.

1908
The Great Auto Race 1908 - New York to Paris (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in New York.
George Schuster driving a Thomas Flyer wins after 88 days behind the wheel.

1923
Film director Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet) born in Florence, Italy.

1933
Film director Costa-Gavras (Z) born Loutra Iraias, Greece.

1939
Musician and co-founder of The Doors Ray Manzarek born in Chicago.

1963
Construction begins on the Gateway Arch designed by architect Eero Saarinen in St. Louis, Missouri.

1966
The Rolling Stones' 19th Nervous Breakdown is released.

1974
Writer and 1970 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is exiled from the Soviet Union.

1980

XIII Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.

1994

XVII Winter Olympics open in Lillehammer, Norway.

Armed thieves break into the Munch Museum and steal Edvard Munch's paintings The Scream and Madonna.

2010

XXI Winter Olympics open in Vancouver, Canada.


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