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1429 - Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.

1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere.

1671 - Thomas "Captain" Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.

1915 - German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois.

1941 - The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain's Royal navy.

1955 - West Germany joined NATO.

1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.

1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president.

2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country's history.

 

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