Today in History

Historical Events

1839 - Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1864 - Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
1909 - Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
1931 - Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
2001 - The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
2013 - Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered

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Famous Birthdays

1632 - Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
1839 - Benjamin Waugh, American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
1903 - Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
1913 - Rex Tucker, TV writer/director
1978 - Lauren Ambrose, American actress
1983 - Justin Verlander, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1194 - Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, dies
1667 - David ben Samuel Halevi, rabbi/author (Shulchan Aruch), dies
1737 - Elizabeth Rowe, poet, dies