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1638: The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
1784: John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
1870: The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abdulaziz of the Ottoman Empire.
1904: S.L. Benfica is founded in Portugal.
1940: Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
2005: A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
1700: The island of New Britain is discovered.
1844: The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
1870: The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships.
1900: The British Labour Party is founded.
1921: The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna.
2007: The Chinese Correction: The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in ten years.
1794: The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
1919: President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park.
1952: Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.
1979: The Superliner railcar enters revenue service with Amtrak.
1996: Keddies, the Southend-on-Sea department store closes it doors after 104 years of trading.
2013: A hot air balloon crashes near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people.
1836: Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
1856: A Peace conference opens in Paris after the Crimean War.
1901: J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
1954: Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
2015: At least 310 people are killed in avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan.
1304: Ibn Battuta, Moroccan jurist was born.
1525: A Spanish-Austrian army defeats a French army at the Battle of Pavia.
1821: Final stage of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain with Plan of Iguala.
1848: King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
1863: Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
1920: The Nazi Party is founded.
1945: Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
2015: A Metrolink train derails in Oxnard, California following a collision with a truck, leaving more than 30 injured.
1883: Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an anti-trust law..
1887: The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
1854: The official independence of the Orange Free State is declared.
1934: Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
2017: The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army captures Al-Bab from ISIL.
1371: Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
1632: Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
1797: The last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.
1856: The United States Republican Party opens its first national convention in Pittsburgh.
1907: Robert Baden-Powell made the first scouting camp in Brownsea, England.
1986: Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1440: The Prussian Confederation is formed.
1842: John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
1878: The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1913: Ioannina is incorporated into the Greek state after the Balkan Wars.
1925: The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
1965: Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
1547: Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1798: Louis-Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
1835: The 1835 Concepción earthquake destroys Concepcion, Chile.
1872: The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
1909: Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
2016: Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
1726: The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia.
1847: The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
1953: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
1985: William J. Schroeder becomes the first recipient of an artificial heart to leave hospital.
1985: Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
2003: An Ilyushin Il-76 military aircraft crashes near Kerman, Iran, killing 275.
1268: The Livonian Order is defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
1873: Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
1906: Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
1954: The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.
1965: The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
2003: Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
1621: Myles Standish is appointed as first military commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America.
1819: The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
1854: The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
1867: The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
1949: Chaim Weizmann begins his term as the first President of Israel.
2015: Eighteen people are killed and 78 injured in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti.
1270: Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Livonian Order in the Battle of Karuse.
1742: Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.
1923: Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
1978: The first computer bulletin board system is created.
2005: The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
2006: The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
1637: Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1764: The city of St. Louis is established in Spanish Louisiana.
1835: The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
1923: Greece becomes the last European country to adopt the Gregorian calendar.
1971: The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
2012: Three hundred sixty people die in a fire at a Honduran prison in the city of Comayagua.
1966: Australian currency is decimalized.
1949: The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time.
1945: World War II Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans..
2005: YouTube is launched by a group of college students.
2011: As a part of Arab Spring, the Bahraini uprising begins with a Day of Rage.
1955: Israel obtains four of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
1975: Fire at the World Trade Center in New York.
1983: A cinema fire in Turin, Italy, kills 64 people.
1689: William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England.
2001: An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter magnitude scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
1541: Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1855: Michigan State University is established.
1961: The Soviet Union launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
1974: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union.
1992: The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
1946: World War II Operation Dead light ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
1861: American Civil War: The United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1873: King Amadeo I of Spain abdicates.
1990: Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
2017: North Korea test fires a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.
2018: Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashes near Moscow, Russia. All 71 people on board die.
1355: The St Scholastica Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1840: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
1923: Texas Tech University is founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas
1954: United States President Dwight Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.
2013: Thirty-six people are killed and 39 others are injured in a stampede in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival.
1555: Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.
1788: The Habsburg Empire joins the Russo-Turkish War in the Russian camp.
1922: Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1971: Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
1991: Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.
1996: Copernicium is first discovered.
871 : Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
1547: The first Lithuanian-language book, Simple Words of Catechism, is published in Konigsberg.
1790: George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.
1828: The Democratic Party of the United States is organized.
1912: The African National Congress is founded.
1973: Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched.
1301: Edward of Caernarvon becomes the first English Prince of Wales.
1795: The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
1812: The strongest in a series of earthquakes strikes New Madrid, Missouri.
1940: The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.
1962: The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
1999: Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
1788: Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1815: New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
1819: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.
1890: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pakistani activist and politician was born.
1893: Pakistani politician and diplomat, 1st Minister of Foreign Affairs for Pakistan Zafarullah khan was born.
1987: Justice Mary Gaudron becomes the first woman to be appointed to the High Court of Australia.
1778: South Carolina becomes the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
1782: Spanish defeat British forces and capture Menorca.
1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1962: French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
1994: Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
2008: A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States kills 57.
1555: John Rogers is burned at the stake, becoming the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England.
1801: John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
1810: The Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe.
1899: The Philippine–American War begins with the Battle of Manila.
1966: All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
1976: In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
1451: Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.
1690: The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.
1809: The Territory of Illinois is created by the 10th United States Congress.
1834: Wake Forest University is established.
2007: A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
1032: Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes king of Burgundy.
1438: Nine leaders of the Transylvanian peasant revolt are executed at Torda.
1653: New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
1876: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
1913: Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
1971: Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
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