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1791
Claude Chappe unveils a new method of long-distance communication using a semaphore machine in Paris.

1836

The
Republic of Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

1882
Queen Victoria escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor, England.
He had been plying Her Majesty with doggerel which he claimed she curtly responded to.
His response was with a pistol.

1900
Pianist and composer Kurt Weill (Three Panny Opera) born in Dessau in Saxony, Germany.

1904

Author Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat) born in Springfield, Massachuetts.

1917
Cuban band leader Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) born Santiago de Cuba.

1924
Poet Edgar Bowers born in Rome Georgia.
He won the Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1989.

1930
Author Tom Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) born in Richmond, Virginia.

1931
p>Last President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev born in Privolnoye, Russia.

1933

The film King Kong premières in New York City.
In 1991, it was added by the Library of Congress to the United States National Film Registry.

1939

Pope Pius XII is elected 260th Roman Catholic pope.

1942
Author John Irving (The World According to Garp) born in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Rockster Lou Reed born in Brooklyn, New York.

1948
Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rory Gallagher born in Ballyshannon, Ireland.

1950
Singer Karen Carpenter born in New Haven, Connecticut.

1962
Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record for the NBA by scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks.

1972
The Pioneer 10, first of five artificial objects to leave the Solar System, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1984
This Is Spinal Tap premières.
In 2002, it was added by the Library of Congress to the United States National Film Registry.


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