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70 - Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem.

1305 - Pope Clement V is elected.

1798 - Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.

1817 - First Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.

1829 - HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1832 - Parisian student uprisings of 1832 begin.

1849 - Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy by the signing of a new constitution.

1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.

1900 - Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.

1907 - BAPS Swaminarayan religion established.

1915 - Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.

1916 - Stein's Dixie Jazz Band plays its first gig under its new name, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.


1916 - Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

1917 - World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day."

1924 - Ernst Alexanderson sends the first facsimile across the Atlantic Ocean (to his father in Sweden).

1933 - The U.S. Congress abrogates the United States' use of the gold standard by enacting a joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.

1944 - World War II: More than 1000 British bombers drop 5000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

1944 - World War II: Rome liberated by the Allies

1945 - Allied Control Council, military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.

1946 - A fire in the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, kills 61 people.

1947 - Marshall Plan: At a speech at Harvard University, United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.

1956 - Elvis Presley introduces his new single, Hound Dog, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

1959 - The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.

1963 - British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal.

1967 - Six-Day War begins: The Israeli air force launches simultaneous attacks on the air forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.


1968 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies the next day.

1969 - The University of Texas at San Antonio is established.

1970 - Chile becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

1975 - The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.

1975 - The UK holds its first and only UK-wide referendum, on remaining in the EEC.

1976 - Collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, United States.

1977 - A coup takes place in Seychelles.

1977 - The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale.

1981 - The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

1984 - Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion.

1986 - A 52-year old man in Auburn, Washington, United States, dies after taking an Excedrin capsule laced with cyanide; this is the first of two Excedrin deaths.

1987 - Ted Koppel hosts a "National Town Meeting on AIDS" on a special four-hour long live broadcast of Nightline.

1989 - The Inuvialuit Final Agreement is signed in Canada to give the Inuit of western Canada the first comprehensive land claim agreement north of the 60th parallel.

1989 - The Unknown Rebel halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1991 - Colo-Colo becomes the first Chilean soccer team to win the Copa Libertadores de América.

1995 - Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.

1998 - A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).

2001 - U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2001 - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

2002 - Mozilla 1.0, the first 'official' version, is released.

2003 - Severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C in the region. (Details)

2006 - Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro


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