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1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1665 - The University of Kiel is founded.

1789 - French Revolution: Parisian women march to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism.

1793 - French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.

1864 - The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.

1869 - A strong hurricane devestates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.

1877 - Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.

1895 - The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.

1905 - Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.

1910 - Portugal overthrows its monarchy and declares itself a republic.

1915 - Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.

1921 - Baseball: The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.

1930 - British Airship R101 crashed in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.


1936 - The Jarrow March sets off for London.

1944 - Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German jet fighter over France.

1945 - Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.

1947 - The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

1949 - WSAZ, West Virginia's first television station, begins broadcasting in Huntington.

1953 - The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.

1953 - Earl Warren is sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States.

1962 - The Beatles release their first single, "Love Me Do," in Britain.

1966 - Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.

1969 - The first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

1970 - PBS became a television network.

1970 - Montreal, Quebec: British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.

1972 - The Last Goon Show of All goes to air on BBC Radio, one of the most celebrated and influential programmes in the history of radio.


1973 - Signature of the European Patent Convention

1974 - Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.

1974 - I Honestly Love You first reaches #1 on the Billboard charts, giving Olivia Newton-John her first top-selling single in the United States.

1981 - Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary U.S. citizen.

1984 - Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

1990 - After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, is published for the last time as a separate newspaper.

1991 - An Indonesian military transport crashes after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137.

1991 - The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.

1999 - The Ladbroke Grove rail crash.

1999 - Angel premieres on the WB network.

2000 - Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milo?evi?. These demonstration are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.

2001 - Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

2001 - Tom Ridge resigned as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President Bush's Homeland Security Advisor.

2003 - Akhmad Kadyrov elected President of Chechnya.

2005 - NHL started its season to end a year-and-a-half lockout.


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