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*1926John Coltrane, born this day in 1926, was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer who exerted as strong an influence on jazz in the 1960s and '70s as Charlie Parker did in the 1940s and '50s. 
1999A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.  
1999In Bryan, TX, Lawrence Russell Brewer was sentenced to death for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. John William King was sentenced to die on February 25, 1999.  
1999Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a restaurant. On July 10, 2000, Van Damme was given three years probation and fined $1,200. 
1999Siegfried & Roy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
1998Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
1993Blacks were allowed a role in the South African government after a parliamentary vote.  
1993The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.  
1991U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. The find in Baghdad triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.  
1990Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.  
1986Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.  
1981The Reagan administration announced its plans for what became known as Radio Marti.  
1973Overthrown Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power. He had been overthrown in 1955. His wife, Eva Duarte, was the subject of the musical "Evita."  
1964The new ceiling painting of the Paris Opera house was unveiled. The work was done by Russian-born artist Marc Chagall.  
1962"The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.  
1962New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The hall was later renamed the Avery Fisher Hall.  
1957Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.  
1953"The Robe" premiered in Hollywood a week after its premiere in New York. The 20th Century Fox movie had been filmed using the Cinemascope wide screen process.  
1952Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech". At the time he was a candidate for U.S. vice-president.  
1952The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.  
1951The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show "Crusade for Freedom" was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.  
1939Sigmund Freud died in London. He was recognized as the founder of psychoanalysis.  
1930Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier.  
1912"Keystone Comedy" by Mack Sennett was released.  
1897The first recorded traffic fatality in Great Britain occurred. It happened 2 years before the first fatality in the U.S.  
1868A small group of Puerto Rican radicals committed to independence attempted an uprising, El Grito de Lares; the revolt was crushed by the Spanish. 
1862Otto von Bismarck was appointed prime minister of Prussia by William I. 
1846Neptune observed. This day in 1846, astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle became the first person ever to observe the planet Neptune, the existence of which had been mathematically predicted by Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. 
1845The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.  
1838Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.  
1806The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.  
1780John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.  
1779During the American Revolution, in the midst of a naval engagement between the warships Bonhomme Richard and Serapis off the east coast of England, American commander John Paul Jones answered a call to surrender from his English counterpart with the famous quotation, I have not yet begun to fight! 
1713King Ferdinand VI of Spain was born in Madrid. He was king from 1746 to 1759.  
1642The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.  
-63Caesar Augustus was born in Rome.  
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Famous Birthdays
1979 - Erik-Michael Estrada
1976 - Kip Pardue
1974 - Matt Hardy
1959 - Jason Alexander
1949 - Bruce Springsteen
1947 - Mary Kay Place
1945 - Paul Petersen
1943 - Julio Iglesias
1938 - Tom Lester
1930 - Ray Charles
1926 - John Coltrane
1920 - Mickey Rooney

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