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  • Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Fla
  • Charles I King of England Scotland & Ireland ascends to throne
  • Pres Washington & Congress creates US Navy
  • Pallas (asteroid) discovered by Heinrich Olbers
  • Vesta (asteroid) discovered by OLbers
  • 1st Mormon temple dedicated in Kirtland Ohio
  • Abraham Gesner receives a patent for kerosene
  • ML Byrn patents corkscrew (NY)
  • 1st Japanese cherry trees planted in Wash DC
  • Seattle Metropolitans 1st US team to win Stanley Cup beat Canadiens
  • Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized
  • Gen Eisenhower declared German defenses on Western Front broken
  • Khrushchev became Soviet premier & 1st sect of Communist Party
  • Earthquake strikes Alaska - 8.4 on Richter scale - 100 die
  • Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated
  • Yuri Gagarin - 1st man to orbit Earth & Seryogin died in a plane crash
  • Venera 8 launched to Venus
  • 582 die in aviation's worst disaster KLM 747-Pan Am 747 crash
  • Diana Hyland dies at 40
  • Mt. St. Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • Disney-MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking

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