1528. The first known European steps foot in Texas -- a shipwrecked Conquistador.
1860. Abraham Lincoln is elected President. The South is unthrilled by this development.
1861. Jefferson Davis is elected President of the Confederate States of America. The North is unthrilled by this development.
1865. The last Confederate military unit surrenders -- the CSS Shenendoah, a ship that had circumnavigated the globe and sank or captured 37 vessels.
1869. In what will become known as the first official Intercollegiate college football game, Rutgers beats the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), by a score of 6-4. The game would not be recognizable today as "football", but rather was a mix of rugby and soccer rules. It was, however, the father of what would become football.
1935. Parker Brothers obtains the patents for what will become Monopoly.
1941. Josef Stalin addresses the people of the Soviet Union for only the second time, despite having ruled since the mid 1920s. He states that although 350,000 Soviet troops have died as a result of the German invasion, they have killed 4.5 million German troops and victory is near.
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