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1509 - The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire.

1585 - John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in quest for the Northwest Passage.

1588 - Battle of Gravelines ends, marking the end of the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England.

1605 - The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.

1647 - Battle of Dangan Hill - Irish forces are defeated by British Parliamentary forces.

1786 - Mont Blanc in Switzerland is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.

1839 - Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.

1844 - The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, headed by Brigham Young, is created as the leading body of the Mormon Church.

1863 - American Civil War: Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).

1870 - The Republic of Ploie?ti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.

1876 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.

1911 - Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law will take effect in 1913.

1918 - World War I: Battle of Amiens - Canadian troops, backed by Australians, begin a string of almost continuous victories with a push through the German front lines.


1929 - The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.

1930 - Betty Boop premieres in the animated film Dizzy Dishes.

1938 - The building of Mauthausen concentration camp begins.

1942 - World War II: In Washington, DC, six German would-be saboteurs are executed.

1942 - Quit India resolution was passed by the Bombay session of the AICC, which leads to the start of a civil disobedience movement across India

1945 - World War II - The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and invades Manchuria.

1945 - The United Nations Charter is ratified by the United States, which becomes the third nation to join.

1949 - Bhutan becomes independent

1962 - Elizabeth Ann Duncan becomes the last woman to be executed in the United States prior to the reintroduction of capital punishment in 1977.

1963 - Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.

1967 - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded.

1968 - Jur? Wada successfully performs Japan's first heart transplant.

1969 - An iconic picture of the Beatles is taken to be used on their album Abbey Road.


1972 - Richard Nixon accepts the nomination as candidate for the presidency.

1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew goes on television to denounce accusations he had taken kickbacks while governor of Maryland.

1973 - Kim Dae-Jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.

1974 - Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation, effective the next day.

1976 - Boston, by the rock band Boston is released. It will become the #1 best-selling debut album in history.

1988 - General Ne Win, ruler of Burma since 1962, suddenly resigns.

1989 - STS-28: The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.

1991 - Collapse of Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built

1991 - John McCarthy, British Journalist held hostage in Lebanon for more than five years by Islamic Jihad, is released.

2000 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2008 - The Games of the XXIX Olympiad will begin with the Opening Ceremony in Beijing, China.


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