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1500 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil. 

1509 - Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII. 

1529 - Spain and Portugal divided the eastern hemisphere in Treaty of Saragosa. 

1745 - The Peace of Fussen was signed, restoring the status quo of Germany. 

1792 - U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe. 

1915 - At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas. 

1918 - British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge. 

1944 - During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea. 

1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television. 

2005 - Zacarias Moussaoui plead guilty to conspiring with hijackers in the September 11, 2001, plot to attack American buildings and citizens.
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