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1609 - The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximillian of Bavaria.

1679 - The British crown claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.

1747 - Persian ruler Nadir Shah was assassinated at Fathabad in Persia.

1778 - In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declared war on England.

1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was hand delivered to the U.S. Senate by President Wilson.

1925 - The official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.

1928 - George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.

1940 - The 114-day Battle of Britain began during World War II.

1962 - Fred Baldasare swam the English Channel underwater. It was a 42 miles and took 18 hours.

1973 - Britain granted the Bahamas their independence after three centuries of British colonial rule.

1989 - Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices," died at age 81. He was known for such cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

1997 - NATO forces captured one Serb war crimes suspect and killed another in a warning to Bosnia's most wanted.

1997 - Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

2002 - Peter Paul Rubens' painting "The Massacre of the Inno
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