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0064 - The Great Fire of Rome began.

1536 - The authority of the pope was declared void in England.

1789 - Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decided to back the French Revolution.

1812 - Great Britain signed the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.

1872 - The Ballot Act was passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.

1935 - Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urged his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.

1936 - The Spanish Civil War began as Gen. Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish North Africa.

1944 - Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister due to setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.

1971 - New Zealand and Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam. 
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