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0896 - Formosus ended his reign as Pope.

1541 - Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.

1581 - Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.

1687 - King James II ordered that his declaration of indulgence be read in church.

1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.

1918 - The Battle of Somme, an offensive by the British against the German Army ended.

1932 - After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C.

1945 - Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.

1945 - During World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.

1949 - Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.

1969 - Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.

1979 - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the president of Pakistan, was executed. He had been convicted of conspiring to murder a political opponent.

1984 - U.S. President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.

1987 - The U.S. charged the Soviet Union with wiretapping a U.S. Embassy. 
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