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Coat of Arms of the U.S. Military Academy
Aldo Moro, during his detention by Red Brigades
934 – declared himself Meng Zhixiang emperor and established Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang.
Meng: empty section; Later Shu: refimprove
1660 – The , originally called by King Long Parliament Charles I of England in 1640 following the Bishops' Wars, dissolved itself.
1815 – proclaimed himself King of William I the first constitutional monarchy in the Netherlands.
1900 – British archaeologist Arthur Evans purchased the ruins of , a major centre of the Knossos Minoan civilization and the largest Bronze Age site on Crete, for excavations.
Evans: unreferenced section; Knossos: refimprove; date not in either article
1926 – American scientist launched the world's first Robert H. Goddard liquid-fueled rocket, which flew for two-and-a-half seconds before falling to the ground.
refimprove section, too many quotes
1978 – The oil tanker split in two after running aground on Portsall Rocks, about 3 miles (5 km) off the coast of Amoco Cadiz Brittany, France, resulting in .
one of the largest oil spills ever refimprove section
1978 – Former Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro in was kidnapped Rome by Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades.
unreferenced section, fringe
1985 – American journalist was taken hostage in Terry A. Anderson Beirut by Hezbollah militants.
2006 – The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to establish the .
UN Human Rights Council multiple issues
597 BC – Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II and installed captured Jerusalem as Zedekiah King of Judah.
1244 – Following their successful , French royal forces burned about 210 siege of Montségur Cathar Perfecti and unrepentant credentes.
1322 – Despenser War: A royalist army defeated troops loyal to Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, in the , which allowed King Battle of Boroughbridge to hold on to power for another five years. Edward II of England
1621 – , a member of the Samoset Abenaki tribe, strolled into Plymouth Colony and greeted the Pilgrims in English (pictured).
1689 – The , one of the oldest Royal Welch Fusiliers line infantry regiments of the British Army, was founded.
1802 – The United States Congress the establishment of the authorized in order to operate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at U.S. Military Academy West Point, New York.
1872 – In the of the first-ever final FA Cup, the world's oldest association football competition, Wanderers F.C. defeated Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
1918 – Finnish Civil War: The Whites were victorious in the , after which they executed at least 70 Battle of Länkipohja Reds.
1962 – , a charter flight carrying U.S. and Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 South Vietnamese soldiers, disappeared without a trace, prompting one of the largest searches in the history of the Pacific.
1968 – Vietnam War: American soldiers hundreds of unarmed civilians in the killed Sơn Mỹ village in the Sơn Tịnh District of South Vietnam.
1988 – Iran–Iraq War: Iraqi forces the began attacking Kurdish town of Halabja with chemical weapons, killing up to 5,000 people.
1988 – Using pistols and grenades, Michael Stone the funeral of three attacked Provisional IRA members who had been killed in Gibraltar ten days earlier, killing three attendees and injuring at least sixty others.
2003 – American peace activist was crushed to death by an Rachel Corrie Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer in Rafah as she was protesting the demolition of a house. Born/died this day: (b. 1750) Caroline Herschel · (b. 1822) John Pope · (d. 1940) Iso Rae · (b. 1975) Sienna Guillory · (d. 1991) Jean Bellette · (d. 2008) Mary Meader
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Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires
Clifford's Tower, York Castle
(d. 1678/79) John Leverett · (b. 1799) Anna Atkins · (d. 1958)