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1907 - The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.

1931 - Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon.

1941 - The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.

1964 - Indian Prime Minister Jawaharla Nehru died.

1985 - In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.

1996 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the leader of the rebels.


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