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1708 – The final stone of , rebuilt after the original burned down in the St Paul's Cathedral 1666 Great Fire of London, was laid by the son of its architect, Christopher Wren.
1813 – War of 1812: A force consisting of about 1,630 French Canadian regulars and militia and Mohawk warriors under Charles de Salaberry an American force of about 4,000 attempting to invade Canada.
1825 – The , connecting the Erie Canal Great Lakes with the Hudson River and providing a shortcut to the Atlantic Ocean through New York, was opened.
1859 – The passenger ship , en route from Australia to England, was wrecked on the east coast of Royal Charter Anglesey, Wales, killing at least 459 people.
1860 – Having defeated the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Italian military figure shook Giuseppe Garibaldi King of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel's hand in Teano and hailed him as King of Italy.
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1863 – , one of the oldest governing bodies in The Football Association association football, was founded at a pub in London's Great Queen Street.
1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Xie Jinyuan and National Revolutionary Army soldiers began the against waves of Defense of Sihang Warehouse Japanese attackers during the Battle of Shanghai.
1940 – The , one of the most effective North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft for the Allies during World War II, made its first flight.
1944 – World War II: In one of the largest naval battles in modern history, Allied forces defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the in the seas surrounding the Philippine island of Battle of Leyte Gulf Leyte.
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1947 – Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of , executed the Jammu and Kashmir Instrument of Accession to accede the princely state to the newly created India.
1964 – Australian serial killer was executed, the last person to be hanged in the state of Eric Edgar Cooke Western Australia.
1979 – President of South Korea Park Chung-hee was assassinated by the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and a long-time friend, Kim Jae-gyu.
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1985 – The Australian government returned ownership of , also known as Ayers Rock, to the local Uluru Pitjantjatjara people.
2002 – Approximately 40 Chechen rebels and 130 hostages died when Russian forces stormed a theater building in Moscow to end .
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