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1823 – James McBrien made the first official at discovery of gold in Australia Fish River in New South Wales.
1900 – Second Boer War: British cavalry under Major-General John French defeated Boer forces to end of a 124-day siege Kimberley, present-day South Africa.
1942 – Second World War: Japanese forces led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita , the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. captured Singapore
1961 – All 72 people on board , including the entire Sabena Flight 548 U.S. Figure Skating team, were killed when the aircraft crashed on approach to Zaventem Airport, Brussels.
1965 – Canada adopted the , replacing the Maple Leaf flag Canadian Red Ensign.
1976 – The current , providing for a system of government and law based on those of the Constitution of Cuba Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, was adopted by a national referendum.
1995 – , the most wanted computer Kevin Mitnick hacker in the United States at the time, was arrested and charged with computer fraud and wire fraud.
1996 – A Long March 3B rocket carrying the communications satellite crashed immediately after launch from the Intelsat 708 Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China, destroying a nearby town and killing an unknown number of inhabitants.
2003 – In one of the largest anti-war rallies in history, millions around the world in approximately 800 cities took part in against the impending protests invasion of Iraq.
2012 – A fire at the National Penitentiary at Comayagua, Honduras, , making it the deadliest prison fire ever. killed 361 people
2013 – A exploded in mid-air over previously undetected meteor Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, with the resulting shock wave injuring more than 1,500 people. Born/died: (b. 1850) Sophie Bryant · (b. 1910) Irena Sendler
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1898 – The United States Navy battleship exploded and sank in USS Maine Havana, Cuba, killing more than 260 people and precipitating the Spanish–American War.
1949 – Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux began excavations at Cave 1 of the in the Qumran Caves West Bank, the location of the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
1979 – Don Dunstan (pictured) resigned as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
1999 – , one of the founding members of the militant organization the Abdullah Öcalan Kurdistan Workers' Party, was arrested by Turkish security forces in Nairobi, Kenya. 2010 – Two passenger trains in collided Halle, Belgium, when one driver failed to stop at a red signal, resulting in 19 deaths and 171 injuries.
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