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1513 - Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians.
1542 - Explorer Cabrillo discovers Santa Catalina Island off the California coast.
1571 - The Battle of Lepanto is fought, and the Holy League (Spain and Italy) destroys the Turkish fleet.
1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day is skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1763 - George III of Great Britain issues British Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing aboriginal lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlements.
1776 - Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.
1777 - American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
1780 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British colonel Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
1800 - French corsair Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captures the English 38-gun Kent inspiring the traditional french song Le Trente-et-un du mois d'août.
1826 - Granite Railway (first chartered railway in the U.S.) begins operations.
1828 - The city of Patras, Greece, is liberated by the French expeditionary force in Peloponnese under General Maison.
1840 - Willem II becomes King of the Netherlands.
1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Darbytown Road: the Confederate forces' attempt to regain ground that had been lost around Richmond is thwarted.
1864 - American Civil War: U.S.S. "Wachusett" captures the C.S.S. "Florida" Confederate raider ship while in port in Bahia, Brazil.
1868 - Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the highest at any American university to that date.
1870 - Franco-Prussian War – Siege of Paris: Leon Gambetta flees Paris in a balloon.
1879 - Germany and Austria-Hungary sign the "Twofold Covenant" and create the Dual Alliance.
1912 - The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction.
1916 - Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222-0 in one of the most lopsided college football games in American history.
1919 - KLM of the Netherlands is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
1933 - Air France is inaugurated, after being formed from a merger of 5 French airlines.
1940 - World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
1942 - World War II: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
1944 - World War II: Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Jews burn down the crematoria.
1949 - German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed.
1952 - "American Bandstand" debuts on a local Philadelphia station.
1955 - Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.
1958 - President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of General Ayub Khan and the army, suspends the 1956 constitution, imposes martial law, and cancels the elections scheduled for January 1959.
1958 - The U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury.
1959 - U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmits first ever photographs of the far side of the moon.
1962 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, U.S.S.R.
1963 - John F. Kennedy signs ratification for Partial Test Ban Treaty.
1977 - The adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.
1982 - Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
1985 - The "Achille Lauro" is hijacked by Palestine Liberation Organization.
1993 - The Great Flood of 1993 ends at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began, as the Mississippi River falls below flood stage.
1998 - Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.
2001 - The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
2003 - Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.
2004 - King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.



8 JanuaryBirth of the Prophet (Mouloud)
18 MarchAnniversary of the Death of President Said Mohamed Cheikh
1 MayLabour Day
25 MayAfrican Liberation Day
29 MayAnniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih
6 JulyIndependence Day
17 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
18 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
19 JulyEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
22 SeptemberSacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
23 SeptemberSacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
14 OctoberIslamic New Year (El am Hejir)
23 OctoberDay of Ashura (10 dzień Muhharam)
26 NovemberAnniversary of the Death of President Ahmed Abdallah
25 DecemberChristmas
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Union of the Comoros
Union des Comores, الإتـحـاد القـمـري, Al-Ittihad al-Kumuri, Udzima wa Komori
Union of the Comoros - FlagUnion of the Comoros - Coat of arms
Union of the Comoros - Location
Capital: Moroni
Official languages: Arabic, Comorian, French
Government: Republic
Currency: Comoro Franc (KMF)
Population: 671 247
Area: 2 170 km²
Religion: Islam
Time Zone: UTC +3
Auto Code: COM
Internet TLD: .km
Calling code: +269
Corporate Income Tax: 50%
Personal Income Tax: 30%
Value Added Tax: 10%
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