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1568 - French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.

1859 - France declared war on Austria.

1916 - Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.

1926 - In Britain, trade unions began a general strike.

 

1945 - Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.

1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.

1999 - Hasbro released the first collection of toys for the Star Wars movie "Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

 

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