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2006
''An Inconvenient Truth'', a documentary film about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming, is released.
2004
Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
2002
Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
2001
The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
2000
Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
1994
Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1992
The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.
1991
Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
1990
A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
1989
Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against ''Private Eye''.
1988
Section 28 of the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted.
1982
Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.
1980
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.
1976
The London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins.
1973
Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.
1970
The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
1968
FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
1967
Egypt imposes a blockade and siege of the Red Sea coast of Israel.
1962
Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the ''Aurora 7'' space capsule.
1961
American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
1960
Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.
1958
United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1956
The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland
Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbāna.
1943
Holocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1941
World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship ''Bismarck'' sinks the then pride of the Royal Navy, {{HMS|Hood|51|6}}, killing all but three crewmen.
1940
Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1935
The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.
1930
Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).
1921
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
1915
1901
Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
1900
1895
Henry Irving becomes the first person from the theatre to be knighted.
1883
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1861
1856
John Brown and his men murder five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1846
Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
1844
Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a Bible quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
1832
The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
1830
The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott's Mills, Maryland.
''Mary Had a Little Lamb'' by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
1822
Battle of Pichincha: Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.
1798
The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
1738
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1689
The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
1626
Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
1621
The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
1595
''Nomenclator'' of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
1487
The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII's reign.
1276
Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
1218
The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.