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1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.

1492 - Queen Isabella of Castille orders her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.

1590 - Battle of Ivry: Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat the forces of the Catholic League under the Duc de Mayenne during the French Wars of Religion.

1647 - Thirty Years' War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm.

1757 - On-board the HMS Monarch, Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad for neglecting his duty.

1794 - Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.

1800 - Cardinal Barnaba Chiaramonti is elected Pope Pius VII.

1869 - Defeat of Titokowaru.

1900 - The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.

1903 - The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. The Colombian Senate would later reject the treaty.

1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues an executive order making Pelican Island, in Florida, a ?preserve and breeding ground for native birds,? marking the birth of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

1910 - Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere.

1915 - World War I: Cornered off the coast of Chile by the Royal Navy after fleeing the disastrous Battle of the Falkland Islands, the German light cruiser SMS Dresden is abandoned and scuttled by her crew.


1939 - German troops fully occupy the Czechoslovak provinces of Bohemia and Moravia.

1943 - World War II - The Krakow Ghetto is liquidated.

1951 - Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.

1959 - J.R.D.A.C.I. founded at a congress in Treichville, Côte d'Ivoire.

1964 - A jury in Dallas, Texas finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

1967 - The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.

1978 - The Israeli Defense Force, invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani

1979 - In China, a Hawker-Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.

1980 - In Poland, a plane crashes during an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing a 14-man American boxing team and 73 others.

1984 - Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast.

1989 - Gun control: President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain guns deemed assault weapons into the United States.

1991 - After 16 years in prison for allegedly bombing a pub in an Irish Republican Army attack, the "Birmingham Six" are freed when a court determines that the police fabricated evidence.

1994 - Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released.


1995 - Manned space mission: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.

1997 - The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality

1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran.

2004 - Pope John Paul II becomes the second-longest serving pope in history.

2004 - Vladimir Putin is re-elected president of Russia, while the PSOE wins elections in Spain just days after terrorist attacks in Madrid.

2005 - The online statistics service SOTKAnet is opened for the public in Finland.

2005 - Mass Protest against Syrian influence in Lebanon takes place in Beirut as part of the Cedar Revolution.


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