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Emperor Hailingwang of Jin
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Alamut besieged by Mongols
Emperor Hailingwang of Jin
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533 – Forces led by Belisarius defeated Gelimer and the Vandals at the , completing the "Reconquest of North Africa" under Battle of Tricamarum Byzantine Emperor .
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1025 – became sole Constantine VIII emperor of the Byzantine Empire, 63 years after being crowned co-emperor.
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1161 – of the Emperor Hailing Jin dynasty was assassinated in a military camp near the Yangtze River front following Jin losses in the Battle of Caishi.
1167 – , Chancellor of the Stephen du Perche Kingdom of Sicily, moved the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.
1256 – The stronghold at Hashshashin Alamut in present-day Iran was captured and destroyed by Hulagu Khan and the Mongols.
1964 – The six-month long effectively ended when the Great Canadian Flag Debate Canadian House of Commons voted to replace the national flag of Canada, the de facto Canadian Red Ensign, with an official one designed by historian George Stanley, the Maple Leaf Flag.
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1965 – The first space rendezvous took place when NASA spacecraft maneuvered within Gemini 6A 30 centimeters ( 12 inches) of .
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1973 – The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders, the .
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1994 – , the leading Netscape Navigator 1.0 web browser in the 1990s, was first released.
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1995 – The European Court of Justice handed down the , allowing Bosman ruling footballers in the European Union to freely transfer from one UEFA Federation to another at the end of their contracts.
2010 – A boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq and Iran, and sank off the coast of crashed into rocks Christmas Island, Australia, killing 48 people.
1467 – Troops under Stephen III of Moldavia the forces of defeated Matthias Corvinus of Hungary in present-day Baia, Romania.
1778 – American Revolutionary War: In the , the Battle of St. Lucia Royal Navy prevented French Navy ships from reaching the French garrison on Saint Lucia in the West Indies.
1864 – American Civil War: Union troops defeated the Army of Tennessee, one of the largest Confederate forces, at the . Battle of Nashville
1890 – , a Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota holy man, was killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation (in modern South Dakota, U.S.), leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.
1906 – The Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (poster pictured), a 14.17-kilometre (8.80 mi) long deep-level underground tube railway connecting Hammersmith and Finsbury Park, London, opened.
1939 – The American historical epic film , adapted from Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name, made its premiere in Atlanta, Georgia.
1942 – World War II: The Americans engaged Imperial Japanese forces at the in the hills near the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse Matanikau River area on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
1946 – U.S.-backed Iranian troops brought an end to the when they marched upon the breakaway Iran crisis Republic of Mahabad and recaptured the territory.
1961 – Former Nazi leader was sentenced to death after being found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including Adolf Eichmann war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1981 – The Iraqi Shi'a Islamist group al-Dawa carried , targeting the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, resulting in 61 deaths and 110 injuries. one of the first modern suicide bombings
2005 – The , a F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft that the United States Air Force claimed is unmatched by any known or projected fighter, entered into service despite a protracted and costly development period. Born/died: (b. 1610) David Teniers the Younger · (d. 1810) Sarah Trimmer · (b. 1970) Frankie Dettori
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