1077 - German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII after his penitent Walk to Canossa.
1547 – Nine-year-old Edward VI becomes King of England. He is the first Protestant ruler of England.
1624 - Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
1807 - London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
1855 - The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
1878 - 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
1915 - US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
1933 - The name Pakistan is coined by Choudhary Rehmat Ali Khan and is accepted by the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.
1956 - Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
1958 - The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
1986 - 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
1991 - Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
2011 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"
1865 – Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and politician (d. 1928)
1922 – Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)
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