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1588 - King Henry III fled Paris after Henry of Guise triumphantly entered the city.

1926 - The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

1926 - In Britain, a general strike by trade unions ended. The strike began on May 3, 1926.

1937 - Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1940 - The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.

1942 - The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the German army.

1948 - The state of Israel and its provisional government was established.

1949 - The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

 

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