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1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.

1719 - Frederick William abolished serfdom on crown property in Prussia.

1733 - Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water.

1841 - Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.

1873 - Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.

1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.

1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.

1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.

1906 - France lost the first ever rugby game ever played against Britain.

1915 - A German zeppelin made a night raid on Paris railway stations.

1935 - Persia was renamed Iran.

1945 - The Arab League was formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt.

1946 - The British granted Transjordan independence.

1954 - The London gold market reopened for the first time since 1939.

1960 - A.L. Schawlow & C.H. Townes obtained a patent for the laser. It was the first patent for any laser.

1965 - U.S. confirmed that its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.

1977 - Indira Ghandi resigned as the prime minister of India.

1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.

1995 - Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.

2002 - A collection of letters and cards sent by Princess Diana of Wales sold for $33,000. The letters and cards were written to a former housekeeper at Diana's teenage home.

 

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