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1185 - Isaac II Angelus kills Stephanus Hagiochristophorites and then appeals to the people, resulting in the revolt which deposes Andronicus I Comnenus and places Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.

1226 - The Catholic practice of perpetual adoration begins.

1297 - Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots led by William Wallace defeat the English.

1541 - Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors.

1609 - Henry Hudson lands on Manhattan island.

1683 - Battle of Vienna

1690 - Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos.

1649 - Siege of Drogheda ends: Oliver Cromwell's English Parliamentarian troops take the town and massacre its garrison.

1708 - Charles XII of Sweden stop outside Smolensk heading (by the lack of food since the russians use the tactic of the burning soil) to the south, culminating in the disastrous battle of Poltava, the end of Sweden as a major power.

1709 - Battle of Malplaquet: Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.

1714 - Barcelona surrenders to Spanish and French Bourbonic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.

1776 - British-American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolution.

1777 - Battle of Brandywine - Major American Revolutionary war victory for British in Chester County, Pennsylvania.


1786 - The Beginning of the Annapolis Convention.

1789 - Alexander Hamilton is appointed as first Secretary of the Treasury.

1792 - Hope Diamond is stolen along with other crown jewels when six men broke into the house used to store the jewels.

1814 - The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh, which ended the War of 1812.

1847 - Stephen Foster's most well-known song, Oh! Susanna, is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1857 - The Mountain Meadows Massacre: Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah.

1869 - Work completed on the Wallace Monument.

1888 - Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day was chosen.

1893 - First World Parliament of Religions conference held.

1897 - After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.

1911 - Middle Tennessee State University is founded in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as Middle Tennessee Normal School.

1914 - Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.

1916 - The Quebec Bridge collapses for a second time, killing 11 men. The bridge initially collapsed on August 29, 1907.


1918 - Baseball: The Boston Red Sox won the World Series; they would not do so again until October 27, 2004 after 86 years.

1919 - US Marines invade Honduras.

1921 - Motion picture star Fatty Arbuckle is arrested for rape.

1922 - The British Mandate of Palestine begins.

1922 - One of the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia's predecessor papers The Sun News-Pictorial is founded.

1926 - An assassination attempt on Benito Mussolini fails.

1931 - Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Charles Luciano's hitmen.

1932 - Franciszek ?wirko and Stanis?aw Wigura, Polish Challenge 1932 winners, killed in a plane crash as their RWD 6 crashed into the ground during a storm.

1940 - George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.

1941 - Ground broken for the construction of The Pentagon.

1941 - World War II: US Navy ordered to attack German U-boats.

1943 - World War II: German troops occupy Corsica and Kosovo-Metohija

1943 - World War II: start of the liquidation of the Ghettos in Minsk and Lida by the Nazis

1944 - World War II: the first allied troops of the US Army cross the western border of Nazi Germany. The RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500.

1948 - Henri Queuille becomes Prime Minister of France.

1955 - Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple.

1960 - Young Americans for Freedom meeting at home of William F. Buckley, Jr. promulgates the Sharon Statement.

1961 - Formation of the World Wildlife Fund.

1962 - The Beatles record their debut single, Love Me Do.

1965 - The 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam.

1970 - The Ford Pinto is introduced.

1971 - The Egyptian Constitution becomes official.

1972 - Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in America begins regular service.

1973 - A military coup in Chile headed by General Augusto Pinochet topples the democratically elected President Salvador Allende. Pinochet remains in power for almost 17 years.

1974 - Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashes in North Carolina, killing 69 passengers and two crew.

1981 - The Pee-wee Herman Show airs as a special on HBO.

1985 - Baseball: Pete Rose gets his 4,192nd career base hit, breaking Ty Cobb's record which stood for over 60 years.

1987 - 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day.

1987 - CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, angry over being preempted for a tennis match, marches off the set, leaving affiliates with six minutes of an empty news desk.

1987 - Reggae musician Peter Tosh is murdered in his own home in Kingston.

1989 - The iron curtain opens between the communist Hungary and Austria. From Hungary thousands of East Germans throng to Austria and West Germany.

1990 - President George H. W. Bush delivers a nationally televised speech in which he threatens the use of force to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait, which Iraq had recently invaded.

1992 - Hurricane Iniki, one of the most damaging hurricane in United States history during its time, devastates the State of Hawai'i, especially the islands of Kaua'i and Oahu.

1996 - Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad

1997 - Scotland votes to re-establish its own Parliament on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, after 290 years of union with England.

1998 - Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

1998 - Yevgeny Primakov is appointed Prime Minister of Russia.

1998 - Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia was the first Asian country to host the games.

1999 - Tennis: Serena Williams, 2 weeks short of her 18th birthday, wins her first Grand Slam tournament when she became US Open champion, becoming the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958.

2000 - Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia. See S11.

2001 - The September 11 attacks destroy the World Trade Center in New York City, part of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and crash a passenger airliner in Pennsylvania. In total almost 3,000 are killed.

2003 - Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.

2003 - The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.

2004 - Petros VII, the (Greek Orthodox) Patriarch of Alexandria and his company are killed in an unexplained helicopter crash outside Mount Athos, Greece.

2005 - The State of Israel officially declares an end to military rule in the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation.


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