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2004
War in Iraq: Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
2002
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
1998
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
1992
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations.
1991
Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings an end to the 1991 Gulf War.
1990
Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress.
1989
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
1983
Compact Disc players and discs were released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had only been available in Japan before then.
1978
Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
1972
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
1970
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.
1969
In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.
Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River.
1965
The US and South Vietnamese Air Force begins Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
1962
Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.
In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup d'état.
1956
Morocco declares its independence from France.
1955
King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.
1953
The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
1949
The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Conn..
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress ''Lucky Lady II'' in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
1946
1943
World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea
1942
World War II: Australia declares war on Thailand.
1941
World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
1939
Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli is elected Pope and takes the name Pius XII.
1937
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
1933
The film ''King Kong'' opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
1919
The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
1917
The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
1903
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
1901
The U.S. Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.
1899
Mount Rainier National Park is established in the state of Washington, USA.
1896
Ethiopia defeats Italy in the Battle of Adwa, marking the first victory of an African nation over a colonial power.
1888
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
1882
Queen Victoria narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Windsor.
1877
U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1867
The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act
1865
East Cape War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.
1863
The U.S. Congress authorizes a track width of {{RailGauge|ussg}} for the Union Pacific Railroad
1861
Emancipation reform of 1861 in Russia: Tsar Alexander II signs the emancipation reform into law, abolishing Russian serfdom.
The Nevada Territory and Dakota Territory are organized as political divisions of the United States.
1855
Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia.
1842
The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver.
1836
Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
1815
Signing of the Kandyan Convention treaty by British invaders and the King of Sri Lanka.
1808
The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
1807
The U.S. Congress passes an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."
1791
Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
1717
''The Loves of Mars and Venus'' is the first ballet performed in England.
1127
Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.
986
Louis V becomes King of the Franks.