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Ad for Encyclopædia Britannica from National Geographic, 1913
The failed Vanguard TV3 now in a museum
Rear view of Babri Mosque
Bust of Béla I of Hungary
Flag of the Australian Capital Territory
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1534 – Over 200 Spanish settlers led by conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar founded what is now , Ecuador.
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1768 – The first weekly instalment of the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica in was released Edinburgh, Scotland.
1922 – Per the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed exactly one year previous, establishing the , the first independent Irish state to be recognised by the British government.
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1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel , five years after starting it.
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1956 – In a contest that became known as the " " at the Blood in the Water match Melbourne Olympics, the Hungarian water polo team defeated the USSR, 4–0, against the background of the Hungarian Revolution.
1969 – The infamous was held in California, an event marred by considerable violence, including one homicide and three accidental deaths.
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1995 – crashed into Khabarovsk United Air Group Flight 3949 Bo-Dzhausa Mountain in Russia, killing all ninety-eight people aboard.
2005 – Members of the People's Armed Police several people in shot and killed Dongzhou, Guangdong, China, who were protesting government plans to build a new power plant.
1865 – Slavery in the United States was officially abolished when the to the Thirteenth Amendment U.S. Constitution was ratified.
1907 – At least 362 miners were killed when an explosion a mine in destroyed Monongah, West Virginia, leading to the establishment of the United States Bureau of Mines.
1917 – A ship in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, carrying TNT and picric acid caught fire after a collision with another ship and the caused second-largest man-made accidental explosion in history (pictured).
1917 – World War I: became the first American USS Jacob Jones destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it was torpedoed by German submarine SM . U-53
1928 – At the behest of the United States, the Colombian Army a month-long strike by violently suppressed United Fruit Company workers.
1956 – At the Melbourne Olympics, 14-year-old swimmer became the youngest Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. Sandra Morgan
1967 – American physician and his team performed the world's first pediatric Adrian Kantrowitz heart transplant at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
1975 – Four members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army hostage in a house on Balcombe Street in took two people Marylebone, London, surrendering six days later.
1982 – The Irish National Liberation Army a time bomb in exploded Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven British Army soldiers and six civilians.
1988 – The Australian Capital Territory self-government. was granted
1989 – Claiming that he was "fighting feminism", 25-year-old Marc Lépine before committing suicide at killed fourteen women École Polytechnique in Montreal.
2005 – An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft in a residential area of crashed into a ten-floor apartment building Tehran, killing over 100 people.
2015 – In , the ruling Venezuela's parliamentary election United Socialist Party lost control of the Assembly for the first time since 1999. Born/died: Nicholas Rowe (d. 1718)
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