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0096 - Vespasian, a Roman Army leader, was hailed as a Roman Emperor by the Egyptian legions.

1543 - England and Scotland signed the peace of Greenwich.

1596 - An English fleet under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Effingham and Francis Vere captured and sacked Cadiz, Spain.

1690 - The French defeated the forces of the Grand Alliance at Fleurus in the Netherlands.

1798 - Napoleon Bonaparte took Alexandria, Egypt.

1863 - During the U.S. Civil War, the first day's fighting at Gettysburg began.

1867 - Canada became an independent dominion.

1916 - The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks.

1942 - German troops captured Sevestpol, Crimea, in the Soviet Union.

1946 - The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

1961 - British troops landed in Kuwait to aid against Iraqi threats.

1969 - Britain's Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales.

1979 - Sony introduced the Walkman.

1991 - The Warsaw Pact dissolved.

1997 - The sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from Great Britain to China. Britain had controlled Hong Kong as a colony for 156 years.


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