49 BCJulius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, uttering "alea iacta est" (the die is cast), signaling the start of civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life
1429 Order of Golden Fleece established in Austria-Hungary & Spain
1475 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui.
1776 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence
1982 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl
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Suffragettes the "Silent Sentinels" first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party