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0037 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor.

1190 - Crusaders killed 57 Jews in Bury St. Edmonds England.

1532 - The English parliament banned payments by the English church to Rome.

1766 - Britain repealed the Stamp Act.

1813 - David Melville patented the gas streetlight.

1881 - Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.

1891 - Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.

1899 - Phoebe, a moon of the planet Saturn, was discovered.

1900 - Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club) was formed.

1903 - France dissolved the Catholic religious orders.

1909 - Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a "ham" operator.

1913 - Greek King George I was killed by an assassin. Constantine I succeeded him.

1917 - The Germans sank the U.S. ships, City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois, without any warning.

1921 - The steamer "Hong Koh" ran aground off of Swatow China. Over 1,000 people were killed.

1922 - Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience in India. He served only 2 years of the sentence.

1922 - Princeton and Yale played the first intercollegiate indoor polo championship.

1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass. The Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain during the meeting.

1944 - The Russians reached the Rumanian border in the Balkans during World War II.

1945 - 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked Berlin.

1948 - France, Great Britain, and Benelux signed the Treaty of Brussels.

1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.

1952 - In Philadelphia, PA, the first plastic lenses were fitted for a cataract patient.

1963 - France performed an underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria.

1975 - The Kurds ended their fight against Iraq.

1980 - The Vostok rocket exploded on the launch pad killing 50.

1986 - Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson.

1989 - A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

1990 - The first free elections took place in East Germany.

1992 - White South Africans voted for constitutional reforms that would give legal equality to blacks.


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