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0193 - In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum.

0715 - Constantine ended his reign as Catholic Pope.

1241 - In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and the Germans.

1667 - In Paris, The first public art exhibition was held at the Palais-Royale.

1770 - Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

1838 - The National Galley opened in London.

1900 - British forces routed the Boers at Kroonstadt, South Africa.

1916 - The German army launched it’s third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.

1917 - The Battle of Arras began as Canadian troops began a massive assault on Vimy Ridge.

1918 - Latvia proclaimed its independence.

1921 - The Russo-Polish conflict ended with signing of Riga Treaty.

1940 - Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.

1957 - The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.

1963 - Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.

1968 - Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was buried.

1987 - Dikye Baggett became the first person to undergo corrective surgery for Parkinson’s disease.

1991 - Georgia voted to secede from the U.S.S.R.

1992 - Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami, FL, of eight drug and racketeering charges.

1998 - More than 150 Muslims died in stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on last day of the Haj pilgrimage. 
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