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- 1547: King Edward VI of England was enthroned following the death of Henry VIII.
- 1792: President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
- 1809: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
- 1872: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art opened in New York City; Cyrus Baldwin received a patent for a vertical geared hydraulic electric elevator, which was installed in a New York City hotel.
- 1887: The first minor league baseball association was organized in Pittsburgh.
- 1895: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass died in Washington, D.C.
- 1933: The House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.
- 1935: Karoline Mikkelson became the first woman to set foot on Antarctica.
- 1944: The "Batman and Robin" comic strip premiered in newspapers.
- 1952: Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball; John Huston's "The African Queen," starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, opened in New York City.
- 1962: John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut in Earth's orbit when the Mercury capsule Friendship VII carried him into space for a five-hour voyage.
- 1965: The "Ranger Eight" spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back pictures of the lunar surface.
- 1987: A bomb blamed on the Unabomber exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring a store executive; after 11 years on the job, David Hartman exited ABC's "Good Morning America."
- 1991: Quincy Jones became the all-time non-classical Grammy winner when he won six awards at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards.