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1543 - Bartoleme Ferrelo returned to Spain after discovering San Francisco Bay in the New World.

1775 - The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.

1793 - A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo was crushed by French republican troops.

1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.

1931 - King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.

1946 - The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in China.

1987 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed banning all missiles from Europe.

1999 - Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India. 
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