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- 1787 - Edward Gibbon completed "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." It was published the following May.
- 1885 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the gramophone. It was granted on May 4, 1886.
- 1893 - The New York stock market crashed. By the end of the year 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business.
- 1931 - Igor Sikorsky filed U.S. Patent 1,994,488, which marked the breakthrough in helicopter technology.
- 1967 - The world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.
- 1980 - U.S. President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
- 1998 - In a live joint news conference in China U.S. President Clinton and President Jiang Zemin offered an uncensored airing of differences on human rights, freedom, trade and Tibet.