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0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor.

1868 - Postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.

1891 - The British steamer Utopia sank off the coast of Gibraltar.

1901 - In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings were shown at the Bernheim Gallery.

1930 - Al Capone was released from jail.

1944 - During World War II, the U.S. bombed Vienna.

1950 - Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it "californium". It is also known as element 98.

1958 - The Vanguard 1 satellite was launched by the U.S.

1959 - The Dalai Lama fled Tibet and went to India.

1966 - A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off of Spain.

1985 - U.S. President Reagan agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.

1992 - White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.

1995 - Gerry Adams became the first leader of Sinn Fein to be received at the White House.

1999 - A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS
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