1626 - Peter Minuet buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24
1689 - English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
1830 - "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is written
1902 - Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
1915 - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1916 - Conscription begins in Britain
1930 - 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1941 - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
1954 - IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
1958 - President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
1977 - USSR President Podgorny resigns
1980 - Iran rejects a call to the World Court to release US hostages
1993 - Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey
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