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1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock.

1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.

1937 - Walt Disney  first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood. The movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

1945 - U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.

1948 - The state of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared its independence.

1988 - 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.

1990 - In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.

1998 - The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved. 
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