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217 BC - Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom

168 BC - Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War

1593 - Battle of Sisak: Slovene - Croat troops defeat the Turks

1633 - The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his scientific view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1812 - Napoleonic Wars- Napoleon invades Russia.

1825 - British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1844 - Influential North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon is founded at Yale University.

1866 - Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.

1893 - The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rams the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sinks taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet's commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.

1898 - Spanish-American War: United States Marines land in Cuba.

1911 - George V is crowned King of the United Kingdom, succeeding his father, Edward VII.

1937 - Camille Chautemps becomes Prime Minister of France

1940 - France forced to sign armistice with Nazi Germany.


1941 - Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, one of the most dramatic turning points of World War II.

1941 - First Croatian anti-fascist armed unit (partisans) founded near Sisak, Croatia.

1941 - The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins

1941 - Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group.

1944 - Opening day of the Soviet Union's Operation Bagration against Army Group Centre

1962 - An Air France Boeing 707 jet crashes in bad weather in Guadeloupe, West Indies killing 113

1963 - Giovanni Cardinal Montini elected Pope by the College of Cardinals, and takes the name Pope Paul VI.

1976 - Canadian House of Commons abolishes capital punishment.

1978 - Charon, a satellite of the planet Pluto, is discovered.

1986 - Argentine footballer Diego Maradona scored both the Hand of God goal and the Goal of the Century against England during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico City.

1986- The All Jharkhand Students Union is founded, in order to fight for autonomy for tribal peoples in India.

2002 - An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people.



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