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1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.

1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1866 - Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated. 

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