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48 B.C. - Pompey the Great was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.

551 B.C. - Teacher and philosopher Confucius was born. He dedicated most of his life to teaching, starting at the age of 22 when he opened his first school.

1066 - England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.

1687 - The Turks surrendered Athens to the Venetians.

1915 - The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.

1939 - During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.

1972 - Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1985 - Rioting erupted in London's Brixton district that lasted for two days. The incident occurred after a black woman was shot by a police officer during a raid on her home.

1995 - Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.

 

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