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708 - Constantine is consecrated Pope.

1300 - Dante descends to the Inferno in The Divine Comedy.

1306 - Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland.

1409 - The Council of Pisa opens.

1634 - The first settlers arrive in Maryland (led by Lord Baltimore).

1655 - Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christian Huygens.

1655 - Protestants take control of Maryland at the Battle of the Severn.

1802 - The Treaty of Amiens is signed as a "Definitive Treaty of Peace" between France and United Kingdom.

1807 - The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing slavery in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1807 - The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, became the first passenger carrying railway in the world.

1811 - Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

1821 - Greece declares its independence from the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence.

1857 - Phonautograph patented.

 
 

1865 - The "Claywater Meteorite" explodes just before reaching ground level in Vernon County, Wisconsin. Fragments having a combined mass of 1.5 kg are recovered.

1865 - American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman from the Union in a bloody battle.

1894 - Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C..

1901 - At the five-day "Week of Nice" race in Nice, France, Mercedes wins its first racing victory.

1908 - Clube Atletico Mineiro, Founded in Belo Horizonte,Brazil.

1911 - In New York City the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.

1918 - The Belarusian People's Republic was established.

1924 - Greece proclaims itself a republic.

1931 - The Scottsboro Boys are arrested in Alabama and charged with rape.

1939 - Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli becomes Pope Pius XII.

1941 - Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers.

1947 - An explosion in a coalmine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111.

1949 - The extensive deportation campaign was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet authorities deported more than 92,000 people from Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.

 
 

1955 - United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.

1957 - The European Economic Community is established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).

1958 - Canada's Avro Arrow makes it debut flight.

1960 - In London, United Kingdom, Jacqueline Boyer wins the fifth Eurovision Song Contest for France singing "Tom Pillibi".

1965 - Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery.

1969 - During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War: Beginning of Operation Searchlight of Pakistan Army against East Pakistani civilians.

1972 - In Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, Vicky Leandros wins the seventeenth Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg singing "Apr├Ęs toi" (After you).

1975 - Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew.

1979 - The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

1988 - The Candle demonstration in Bratislava was the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

1990 - In the Bronx, New York City, a fire at an illegal social club called "Happy Land" kills 87 people.

1992 - Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returns to Earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station.

1995 - Mike Tyson is released from the Indiana Youth Center after serving three years for a rape conviction.

1995 - Ward Cunningham opens the first wiki, the WikiWikiWeb.

1996 - An 81-day-long standoff between the antigovernment group Montana Freemen and law enforcement near Jordan, Montana, begins.

1996 - The Labour Party is founded in Turkey.

1996 - The EU's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (BSE).

1999 - Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined to California to Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.

2004 - Air Holland files for bankruptcy in response to unproven allegations of marijuana abuse by their pilots.

2006 - The Capitol Hill massacre, where gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, one of the largest crime scenes the city has ever had.

2006 - Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin was among several protesters arrested.

2006 - Over 500,000 people in Los Angeles were protesting against illegal immigration.

2006 - Reading F.C. were promoted to the English Premiership for the first time in their 135 year history.

 

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