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1455 - King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.

1570 - Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium.

1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1859 - The creator of "Sherlock Holmes," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

1892 - Dr. Sheffield, a British dentist, invented the toothpaste tube.

1908 - The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.

1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the "Pact of Steel."

1972 - U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

1990 - Microsoft released Windows 3.0.

1998 - Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots giving approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord. 
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