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John III Sobieski, King of Poland
John III Sobieski, King of Poland
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996 – Pope Gregory V crowned as Otto III Holy Roman Emperor.
1674 – , elected by the John III Sobieski szlachta, became the monarch of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1758 – French and Indian War: Ten-year-old , taken captive from her Mary Campbell Pennsylvania home by members of the Native American group Lenape, likely became the first white child to travel to the Connecticut Western Reserve.
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1863 – The , a Seventh-day Adventist Church Protestant denomination distinguished by its emphasis on the imminent second coming (Advent) of Jesus, was founded in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
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1879 – War of the Pacific: Two Peruvia] ironclads led by Miguel Grau Seminario attempted to lift the blockade of Iquique by Chilean battleships under Arturo Prat at the .
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1881 – founded the Clara Barton American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
1979 – in Riots erupted San Francisco after former Supervisor Dan White was only sentenced for voluntary manslaughter for the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk.
1982 – Falklands War: The United Kingdom began on the shores of a major amphibious assault San Carlos Water.
1904 – The , the international Fédération Internationale de Football Association sport governing body of association football, was founded in Paris.
1996 – Algerian Civil War: The remains of seven French Trappist monks who had been in Algeria nearly two months earlier were found.
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2006 – The was held in Montenegrin independence referendum Montenegro, with 55.5 percent of the voters favouring independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
2010 – The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched , the first spacecraft to successfully demonstrate IKAROS solar sail technology in interplanetary space.
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1403 – King Henry III of Castile to the court of sent an embassy Timur (Tamerlane) to discuss a potential alliance between Timur and Castile against the Ottoman Empire.
1703 – English writer Daniel Defoe was imprisoned for seditious libel after publishing politically satirising a pamphlet Tories.
1856 – A crowd of about 800 pro-slavery Americans the town of ransacked Lawrence, Kansas.
1864 – American Civil War: The Union and Confederate armies fought to a draw at the , with nearly 32,000 casualties combined. Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
1917 – The was established through Imperial War Graves Commission royal charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of British Empire military forces.
1924 – University of Chicago students murdered a 14-year-old boy in a Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. thrill killing out of a desire to commit a perfect crime.
1927 – Aboard the , American aviator Spirit of St. Louis completed the first solo non-stop Charles Lindbergh transatlantic flight, flying from Roosevelt Field near New York City to Paris–Le Bourget Airport.
1946 – Manhattan Project physicist accidentally triggered a Louis Slotin fission reaction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gave himself a lethal dose of hard radiation, making him the second victim of a criticality accident in history.
1981 – The Italian government released the membership list of , an illegal pseudo- Propaganda Due Masonic lodge that had been implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
1991 – Former Prime Minister of India was Rajiv Gandhi assassinated by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
1998 – Indonesian President resigned as a result of Suharto the collapse of support for his three-decade-long rule. Born/died: (d. 954) Feng Dao · (d. 1524) Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk · (b. 1880) Tudor Arghezi · (b. 1898) Armand Hammer · (b. 1947) Linda Laubenstein · (b. 1951) Al Franken
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(d. 1237) Olaf the Black · (b. 1828) Rudolf Koller · (b. 1957)