1275 - King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews
1430 - Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians at Compiegne, who sell her to the British
1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1915 - Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary & Germany during WWI
1926 - Lebanese constitution is established under French mandate
1939 - Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
1939 - British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
1945 - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM
1958 - Mao Tse Tung starts "Great leap forward" movement in China
1969 - The Who release the rock opera "Tommy"
1983 - Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghánistán Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
1986 - US & West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
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