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1570 - England's Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.

1836 - Samuel Colt received a patent for a "revolving gun".

1930 - The bank check photographing device was patented.

1933 - The first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.

1948 - Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.

1972 - Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.

1986 - Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.


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