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2005
President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
2004
The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11 attacks.
2001
The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Ealing, London, UK injuring seven people.
1997
Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; a total of 116 villagers killed, 40 in Oued El-Had and 76 in Mezouara.
1981
Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
1977
The United States Senate begins its hearing about Project MKULTRA.
1975
A privately chartered Boeing 707 crashes into the mountainside near Agadir, Morocco, killing 188.
1972
1960
Niger gains independence from France.
1958
The nuclear submarine {{USS|Nautilus|SSN-571|6}} travels beneath the Arctic ice cap.
1949
1948
Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
1940
World War II: Italian forces begin the invasion of British Somaliland.
1936
Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.
1934
Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into ''Führer''.
1923
Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th President of the United States in the early morning following the death of Warren G. Harding the previous day.
1916
World War I: Battle of Romani
1914
World War I: Germany declares war against France.
1913
A major labour dispute, known as the Wheatland Hop Riot, starts in Wheatland, California.
1900
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded.
1860
1852
First Boat Race between Yale and Harvard, the first American intercollegiate athletic event. Harvard won.
1811
First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
1783
Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing 35,000 people.
1678
Robert LaSalle builds the ''Le Griffon'', the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
1645
Thirty Years' War: the Second Battle of Nördlingen sees French forces defeating those of the Holy Roman Empire.
1527
The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.
1492
Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
The Jews of Spain are expelled by the Catholic Monarchs.
881
Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu: Louis III of France defeats the Vikings, an event celebrated in the poem ''Ludwigslied''.
435
Deposed Patriarch of Constantinople Nestorius, considered the originator of Nestorianism, is exiled by Roman Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt.
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Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus.