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1057 - Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.

1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.

1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.

1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1949 - In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time.

1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1994 - Ilich Ramirez Sanchez was jailed in France. He was the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal."

1998 - A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370.

2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

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