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1792 - In Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.

1800 - Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.

1863 - Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was born. His most known work is "The Scream."

1915 - The first all-metal aircraft, the German Junkers J1, made its first flight.

1963 - Kenya gained its independence from Britain.

1995 - Two French airmen shot down over Bosnia arrived home after almost four months of being held captive by the Bosnian Serbs.

2002 - North Korea announced that it would reactivate a nuclear power plant that U.S. officials believed was being used to develop weapons.


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