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1615 - The fortress of Osaka, Japan, fell to shogun Ieyasu after a six month siege.

1647 - The British army seized King Charles I and held him as a hostage.

1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.

1784 - Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon.

1792 - Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.

1805 - Tripoli was forced to conclude peace with U.S. after conflicts over tribute.

1878 - Turkey turned Cyprus over to Britain.

1911 - Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.

1919 - The U.S. Senate passed the Women's Suffrage bill.

1935 - "Invisible" glass was patented by Gerald Brown and Edward Pollard.

1940 - The British completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk, France.

1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

1944 - During World War II, the U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, which began the liberation of the Italian capital.

1989 - In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush the pro-democracy movement. It is believed that hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed.

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