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1212 - The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.
1460 - Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick defeats the king's Lancastrian forces and takes King Henry VI prisoner in the Battle of Northampton.
1553 - Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England.
1584 - William I of Orange is assassinated in his home in Delft, Holland by Balthasar Gérard.
1645 - English Civil War: The Battle of Langport takes place.
1778 - American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1789 - Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta.
1806 - The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company.
1821 - The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain.
1832 - U.S.President Andrew Jackson vetoes a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
1850 - Millard Fillmore is inaugurated as the 13th President of the United States upon the death of President Zachary Taylor, 16 months into his term.
1859 - Big Ben rings for the first time.
1877 - The then-villa of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico formally receives its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain.
1890 - Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
1913 - Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
1925 - Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1925 - Meher Baba begins his silence of 44 years. His followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration.
1938 - Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.
1940 - World War II: the Vichy government is established in France.
1940 - World War II: Battle of Britain – The German Luftwaffe begins attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though).
1941 - Jedwabne Pogrom: the massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland.
1942 - Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union are established.
1943 - World War II: The launching of Operation Husky begins the Italian Campaign.
1947 - Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee.
1951 - Korean War: Armistice negotiations begin at Kaesong.
1962 - Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1966 - The Chicago Freedom Movement, lead by Martin Luther King, holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. As many as 60,000 people came to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Paul and Mary.
1967 - Uruguay becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1968 - Maurice Couve de Murville becomes Prime Minister of France.
1973 - The Bahamas gain full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
1973 - National Assembly of Pakistan passes a resolution on the recognition of Bangladesh.
1976 - One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.
1976 - The Seveso disaster occurs in Italy.
1978 - President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania is ousted in a bloodless coup d'état.
1978 - World News Tonight premieres on ABC.
1980 - Alexandra Palace burns down for a second time.
1985 - Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland, New Zealand harbor by French DGSE agents.
1991 - Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia.
1991 - The South African cricket team is readmitted into the International Cricket Council following the end of Apartheid.
1992 - In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1997 - In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neandertal skeleton which support the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
1997 - Partido Popular (Spain) member Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests.
1998 - Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
2000 - A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
2000 - EADS, the world's second-largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
2002 - At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Lord Thomson.
2003 - A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
2005 - Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle, causing billions of dollars in damage.
2006 - Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan, shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
2008 - Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.



18 MarchAnniversary of the Death of President Said Mohamed Cheikh
1 MayLabour Day
23 MayEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
24 MayEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
25 MayAfrican Liberation Day
25 MayEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
29 MayAnniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih
6 JulyIndependence Day
29 JulySacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
30 JulySacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
19 AugustIslamic New Year (El am Hejir)
28 AugustDay of Ashura (10 dzień Muhharam)
13 NovemberBirth of the Prophet (Mouloud)
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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