Victor Berger (Wisconsin) becomes the first socialist congressman in U.S. (1911)
Libya and the Soviet Union sign a cooperation treaty (1972)
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe becomes Zimbabwe's prime minister (1980)
b: Todor Aleksandrov (1881), Shemp Howard (1895), Alice Rivlin (1931); d: Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1883), Louis Capone (1944), Wilhelm Zaisser (1958), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1977), Harry Blackmun (1999), Thomas Eagleton (2007)
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