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  • In 1621, Gregory XV became pope, the last elected by acclamation.
  • In 1775, the British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the previous fall’s election.
  • In 1889, the Department of Agriculture became a Cabinet-level agency.
  • In 1895, William G. Morgan invented a game he called mintonette, which soon became known as volleyball.
  • In 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin alleged that the U.S. State Department was filled with Communists.
  • In 1964, The Beatles made their iconic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • In 1971, Satchel Paige became the first former Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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