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1471

The Earl of Warwick, who fought on both sides in the War of the Roses, is killed at the Battle of Barnet with the defeat of the Lancastrians.

1543

Bartolome Ferrelo returns to Spain after discovering a large bay in the New World (San Francisco).

1775

The first abolitionist society in United States is organized in Philadelphia.

1793

A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo is crushed by French republican troops.

1828

The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary is published.

1860

The first Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1865

President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth.

1894

Thomas Edison's kinetoscope is shown to the public for the first time.

1900

The World Exposition opens in Paris.

1912

The passenger liner Titanic--deemed unsinkable--strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and begins to sink. The ship will go under the next day with a loss of 1,500 lives.

1931

King Alfonso XIII of Spain is overthrown.

1945

American B-29 bombers damage the Imperial Palace during firebombing raid over Tokyo.

1953

The Viet Minh invade Laos with 40,00 troops in their war against French colonial forces.

1959

The Taft Memorial Bell Tower is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

1961

The first live broadcast is televised from the Soviet Union.

1969

The first major league baseball game in Montreal, Canada is played.

1981

America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returns to Earth.