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1580 Spanish troops landed in Ireland.

1729 Spain, France, and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Seville.

Thomas Walker1794 Surveyor and explorer Thomas Walker died.

Napoleon Bonaparte1799 Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in France.

John Brown1800 Abolitionist John Brown was born.

Gail Borden1801 Gail Borden, Jr., inventor of the process for condensing milk, was born.

1818 Novelist Ivan Turgenev was born.

1821 The first pharmacy college in the United States held its first classes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Elijah Lovejoy1837 Abolitionist printer Elijah Parish Lovejoy was born.

King Edward VII1841 King Edward VII of Great Britain was born.

1842 The first U. S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce.

1857 The first issue of Atlantic Monthly was published.

1861 The first documented Canadian football game was played at the University of Toronto.

Frederick Funston1865 Frederick Funston, botanist and adventurer, was born.

1872 What became the worst fire in the history of Boston, Massachusetts, began.

1877 The American Chemical Society was chartered in New York, New York.

1886 Actor Ed Wynn was born.

1888 The last confirmed victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Jane Kelly, was discovered on her bed.

Cullinan Diamond1907 The Cullinan Diamond was presented to King Edward VII.

Hedy Lamarr1913 Actress Hedy Lamarr was born.

Sargent Shriver1915 Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, was born.

1916 An ammunitions ship exploded in Bakaritsa Harbor, near Archangel, Russia, killing approximately 600 people and injuring 800.

Kaiser Wilhelm II1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German throne.
Spiro Agnew1918 Spiro T. Agnew, Vice-President of the United States, was born.

1922 Actress Dorothy Dandridge was born.

1923 Nazis staged the Beer Hall Putsch, an ill-fated attempt to seize power in Germany.

Miriam Ferguson1924 Miriam Ferguson became the first woman to be elected Governor of Texas.
1924 U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge died.

1931 Baseball player Whitey Herzog was born.

1932 Riots between conservative and socialist supporters in Switzerland killed 12 persons and injured 60.

1934 Hamilton Green, Prime Minister of Guyana, was born.
Astronomer Carl Sagan was born.

1935 The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was established.

1936 U. S. Senator Bob Graham was born.
Singer Mary Travers was born.

1937 A Japanese army conquered Shanghai.
1937 Ramsay MacDonald, the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died.

1938 Kristallnacht, Nazi Germany's first large-scale physical act of anti-Jewish violence, began.

1940 Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who tried to avoid war with Germany, died.

1941 Musician Tom Fogerty was born.

1947 Actor Robert David Hall was born.

Costa Rica1949 Costa Rica adopted a constitution.

1951 Actor Lou Ferrigno was born.

1952 Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died.

Cambodia1953 Cambodia gained its independence from France.
1953 The U.S.
Supreme Court ruled Major League Baseball exempt from anti-trust laws.
1953 King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia died.
1953 Poet Dylan Thomas died.

Donde Keshav Karve1962 Dondo Keshav Karve, Indian social reformer and educator, died.

1963 446 miners were killed in a mine explosion in Kyushu, Japan.
1963 A train crash near Tokyo, Japan, killed 162 persons.

1965 An electric power blackout struck the northeastern United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
1965 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was established.

Apollo IV1967 A Saturn V rocket launched Apollo IV into orbit.

1970 The Irish School of Economics was founded by Michael Hurley.
Charles De Gaulle1970 French soldier and President Charles De Gaulle died.

1976 The United Nations General Assembly condemned South Africa's apartheid policy.
Smokey Bear1976 The real-life incarnation of Smokey Bear died.

1980 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared a holy war against Iran.

1985 22-year-old Gary Kasparov became the youngest ever World Chess Champion.

1988 John Mitchell, former Attorney General of the United States, died.

Berlin Wall1989 East German officials opened the Berlin Wall.

Nepal1990 Nepal instituted a new constitution.

1991 Actor Yves Montand died.

1993 Serbian Army troops fired on a school in Sarahevo, killing 9 children.

1994 Chandrika Kumaratunga became the first female President of Sri Lanka.

2003 Actor Art Carney died.

2005 Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.

2006 Television journalist Ed Bradley died.

2012 A train carrying liquid fuel burst into flames in Burma, killing 25 persons and injuring 62.
2012 An Algerian C-295 military transport crashed near Avignon, France, killing 6 persons.

2013 A gunman killed 8 persons in Cali, Colombia.

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