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1750 - "King Richard III" was performed in New York City. It was the first Shakespearean play to be presented in America.

1770 - "The Boston Massacre" took place when British troops fired on a crowd in Boston killing five people. Two British troops were later convicted of manslaughter.

1836 - Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol (.34-caliber).

1864 - For the first time, Oxford met Cambridge in track and field competition in England.

1901 - Germany and Britain began negotiations with hopes of creating an alliance.

1912 - The Italians became the first to use dirigibles for military purposes.

1918 - The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.

1933 - The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections.

1943 - Germany called fifteen and sixteen year olds for military service due to war losses.

1946 - Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain Speech".

1946 - The U.S. sent protests to the U.S.S.R. on incursions into Manchuria and Iran.

1953 - Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin died. He had been in power for 29 years.

1970 - A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

1993 - Sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.

1997 - North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years for peace talks.

1998 - NASA announced that an orbiting craft had found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and rocket fueling station. 
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