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1797

Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon.

1836

Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1954

West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1962

President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.

1973

Spanish cellist, conductor, and composer Pablo Casals died in Puerto Rico, at age 96.

1979

Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the deposed Shah of Iran, was allowed in the United States for medical treatment. This action led to the Iran hostage crisis.

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