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HISTORICAL EVENTS

1483 Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain

1556 Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain

1662 Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

1691 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth

1720 Pierre de Marivaux’ “Arlequin Poli Par l’Amour” premieres in Paris

1740 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia

1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War

1800 Dutch colony Curacao transfererd to Great Britain

1871 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa

1878 After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

1900 Bernhard von Bülow becomes German Chancellor

1904 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors in San Francisco, founded by Amadeo Giannini

1912 Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey

1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created as a subsidiary of General Electric

1921 Belgium’s public library law goes into force

1941 USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World War II, while the country is still officially neutral

SCIENCE

1855 Bessemer steelmaking process patented

1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

1907 Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland

1956 England’s 1st large scale nuclear power station opens

1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth

1975 1st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Miss

1983 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem

2016 Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China

SPORTS

1860 1st British Open Men’s Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr

1885 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season

1956 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt

1964 In the first ever Olympic women’s pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games

1987 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

1991 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3

1994 Kapil Dev’s final one-day international (v West Indies)

1995 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2

2008 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara’s record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali Source : Internet

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