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2007
The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.
2005
The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France
2003
A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
2002
Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over.
2000
The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
1998
Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
1997
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
1994
The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
1993
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
1990
Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
1983
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family.
1978
The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
1977
Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83.
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
1974
A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
1969
United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
1967
Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler", is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
1958
Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut.
1955
Battle of Yijiangshan is fought.
1945
Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.
1944
Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1943
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
1941
World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.
1919
World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
Bentley Motors Limited is founded.
1916
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
1915
Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
1913
A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos during the First Balkan War, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.
1911
Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the {{USS|Pennsylvania|ACR-4|6}} stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
1903
President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
1896
The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
1886
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
1884
Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
1871
Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed the first German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles ( France ) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The empire is known as the Second Reich to Germans.
1866
Wesley College, Melbourne is established.
1861
1788
The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay.
1778
James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands".
1777
Representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declare the independence of the Vermont Republic from Britain.
1701
Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
1670
Henry Morgan captures Panama.
1591
King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
1562
Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
1535
Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.
1520
King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.
1486
King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.
1126
Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
532
Nika riots in Constantinople fail.
474
Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.
350
Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor.