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0421 - The city of Venice was founded.

0708 - Constantine began his reign as Catholic Pope.

1306 - Robert the Bruce was crowned king of Scotland.

1409 - The Council of Pisa opened.

1655 - Christian Huygens discovered Titan. Titan is Saturn's largest satellite.

1669 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupted destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were killed.

1802 - France, Netherlands, Spain and England signed the Peace of Amiens.

1807 - The first railway passenger service began in England.

1807 - British Parliament abolished the slave trade.

1905 - Rebel battle flags that were captured during the American Civil War were returned to the South.

1905 - Russia received Japan's terms for peace.

1909 - In Russia, revolutionary Popova was arrested on 300 murder charges.

1931 - Fifty people were killed in riots that broke out in India. Gandhi was one of many people assaulted.

1941 - Yugoslavia joined the Axis powers.

1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented a check for $8.5 million to the United Nations for the purchase of land for the site of the U.N. center.

1970 - The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.

1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew. The nephew, with a history of mental illness, was beheaded the following June.

1989 - In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei's new courtyard pyramid.

1990 - Estonia voted for independence from the Soviet Union.

1991 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein launched a major counter-offensive to recapture key towns from Kurds in northern Iraq.

1992 - Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned to Earth after spending 10 months aboard the orbiting Mir space station.

1993 - President de Klerk admitted that South Africa had built six nuclear bombs, but said that they had since been dismantled.

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