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Flag of Sikkim, prior to its 1975 annexation with India
Three-phase generator at the Lauffen power station
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1204 – Fourth Crusade: Count was crowned the first Baldwin IX of Flanders Latin Emperor in Constantinople.
1527 – The Medici were driven from and a Florence republic was re-established.
1532 – Sir resigned as Thomas More Lord Chancellor of England.
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1771 – The —the final battle of the Battle of Alamance War of the Regulation, a rebellion in colonial North Carolina over issues of taxation and local control—was fought.
1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest set out on the with more than a hundred pioneers from Oregon Trail Elm Grove, Missouri.
1866 – was first prepared commercially by American Root beer pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires.
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1877 – French President Patrice de Mac-Mahon dismissed Jules Simon and installed Albert, Duc de Broglie as Prime Minister, triggering in the a political crisis French Third Republic.
1891 – The opened in International Electrotechnical Exhibition Frankfurt, Germany, featuring the world's first long distance transmission of three-phase electric power from the generator 175 km (109 mi) away at Lauffen am Neckar.
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1916 – The United Kingdom and France signed the , a secret agreement considered to have shaped the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq and Syria.
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1943 – Royal Air Force embarked on a raid to deploy Dambusters bouncing bombs on German dams in during the Second World War.
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1966 – Chinese leader Mao Zedong launched the officially as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elements and to continue revolutionary Cultural Revolution class struggle.
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1988 – A report by United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of are similar to those of nicotine heroin and cocaine.
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2003 – In the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history, in a series of suicide bombings Casablanca killed 33 civilians and 12 out of the 14 bombers.
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1866 – The United States Congress authorized the minting of the country's first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the . Shield nickel
1918 – The was passed in the United States, forbidding Americans from using "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about Sedition Act the government, flag, or armed forces during the ongoing World War I.
1959 – The Triton Fountain (pictured) in Valletta, one of Malta's most important Modernist landmarks, was turned on for the first time.
1975 – Based on the results of a referendum held about one month earlier, Sikkim abolished its monarchy and was annexed by India, becoming its . 22nd state Born/died: (d. 1375) Liu Bowen · (d. 1657) Andrew Bobola · (b. 1718) Maria Gaetana Agnesi · (d. 1910) Henri-Edmond Cross · (b. 1916) Margaret Ursula Jones · (b. 1966) Janet Jackson
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(d. 1182) John Komnenos Vatatzes · (b. 1879) Pierre Gilliard · (b. 1969)