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1840 - Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris. His most widely known works are "The Kiss" and "The Thinker."

1918 - Austria was declared an independent republic only one day after the end of World War I.

1927 - Joseph Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union.

1940 - Walt Disney released "Fantasia."

1942 - During World War II, naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. The Americans won a major victory.

1944 - During World War II, the German battleship "Tirpitz" was sunk off the coast of Norway.

1948 - The war crimes tribunal sentenced Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and six other World War II Japanese leaders to death.

1980 - The U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn while transmitting data back to Earth.

1990 - Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.

1997 - Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

2001 - It was reported that the Northern Alliance had taken the Kabul, Afghanistan, from the ruling Taliban.


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