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1527 - German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.

1529 - Babur defeated the Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghagra, India.

1576 - The peace treaty of Chastenoy ended the fifth war of religion.

1682 - King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France.

1840 - The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.

1851 - The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.

1877 - Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.

1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower..

1910 - Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.

1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.

1941 - Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.

1942 - During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.

1954 - British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile.

1959 - The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.

1962 - The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.

1994 - The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.


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