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1594 - Gustavus II of Sweden was born.

1608 - English poet John Milton was born in London.

1625 - The Treaty of the Hague was signed by England and the Netherlands. The agreement was to subsidize Christian IV of Denmark in his campaign in Germany.

1783 - The first executions at Newgate Prison took place.

1854 - Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.

1940 - During World War II, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa.

1941 - China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.

1960 - The first episode of "Coronation Street" was screened on ITV.

1983 - NATO foreign ministers called on the Soviet Union to join in a "comprehensive political dialogue" to ease tensions in the world.

1990 - Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential election in the country's history.

1990 - Slobodan Milosovic was elected president in Serbia's first free elections in 50 years.


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