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in Romania ( Constitution Day 1991)
395 – The Chinese state of Later Yan was defeated by its former vassal Northern Wei at the .
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1609 – Milan's opened its reading room to the public, becoming the second Biblioteca Ambrosiana public library in Europe.
1912 – Leaders of the German Empire held an to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
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1927 – The , one of the United States' oldest Brookings Institution think tanks, was founded through the merger of three separate organizations established by Robert S. Brookings.
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1941 – World War II: Concurrent to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded , Malaya , Thailand , Hong Kong , and the the Philippines .
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1987 – Arab–Israeli conflict: An Israeli army tank transporter killed four Palestinian refugees and injured seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, sparking the .
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1993 – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States signed the final agreements of the , forming a regional North American Free Trade Agreement trade bloc.
2004 – Twelve South American countries signed the Cusco Declaration, announcing the foundation of what is now the , an Union of South American Nations intergovernmental union modelled after the European Union.
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1432 – The first battle of the between the forces of Lithuanian Civil War Švitrigaila and of Sigismund Kęstutaitis was fought near what is now the town of Ashmyany.
1660 – , appeared professionally on the English stage, and is thought to have been the first woman to do so. Margaret Hughes
1880 – At an assembly of 10,000 Boers, announced the fulfilment of the decision to restore the Paul Kruger South African Republic government and . Volksraad
1963 – After being struck by lightning while in a holding pattern, crashed near Pan Am Flight 214 Elkton, Maryland, U.S., killing all 81 people on board.
1971 – Indo-Pakistani War: Following their successful attack three days earlier, a small Indian Navy strike force the attacked Port of Karachi again and created a de facto blockade.
1980 – Former Beatle John Lennon in the entrance of the was murdered Dakota apartments in New York City.
1987 – A man eight people at the shot and killed Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
1991 – Leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine signed the Belavezha Accords, agreeing to dissolve the Soviet Union and establish the . Commonwealth of Independent States
1998 – The Australian Cricket Board's cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh's was revealed. involvement with bookmakers
2010 – The Japanese experimental spacecraft passed by Venus at about IKAROS 80,800 km distance, completing its planned mission to demonstrate solar sail technology.
2013 – After a fatal car accident in the Little India region of Singapore, angry mobs of passers-by the bus involved and emergency vehicles, the first riot in the country in over 40 years. attacked Born/died this day: (d. 1292) John Peckham · (b. 1815) Adolph Menzel · (b. 1861) Georges Méliès · (d. 1864) George Boole · (b. 1945) John Banville · (d. 2000) Ann T. Bowling
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Second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7
(d. 1643) John Pym · (d. 1856) Father Mathew · (b. 1980)