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1284 - the legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany
1409 - Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1483 - Richard III is crowned king of England.
1541 - Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
1718 - Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
1723 - After a siege and bombardment by cannon, Baku surrenders to the Russians.
1848 - End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
1857 - The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
1870 - The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1909 - The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
1917 - The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain, France, Italy, and Russia against Germany, and Austria-Hungary in World War I.
1918 - World War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood – Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.
1924 - American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1936 - Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
1940 - World War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.
1945 - The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
1948 - The Western allies begin an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin.
1948 - William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
1948 - Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
1952 - The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties.
1959 - The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
1960 - The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gains its independence as Somaliland .
1960 - Madagascar gains its independence from France.
1963 - John F. Kennedy speaks the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" on a visit to West Berlin.
1973 - At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
1974 - The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
1975 - Indira Gandhi establishes emergency rule in India.
1975 - Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
1976 - The CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure on land, is opened to general public.
1977 - The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.
1978 - Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
1991 - Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people's army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
1993 - The United States launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1994 - Microsoft no longer supports MS-DOS and the development of FreeDOS begins.
1995 - Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
1996 - Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
2008 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

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1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (nl:Nieuwjaar, fr:Nouvel An, de:Neujahr)
21 AprilEaster (nl:Pasen, fr:Pâques, de:Ostern)
22 AprilEaster Monday (nl:Paasmaandag, fr:Lundi de Pâques, de:Ostermontag)
1 MayLabour Day (nl:Dag van de arbeid, fr:Fête du Travail, de:Tag der Arbeit)
9 JunePentecost (nl:Pinksteren, fr:Pentecôte, de:Pfingsten)
11 JulyDay of the Flemish Community (nl: Feestdag van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, fr: La fête de la communautéflamande, de: Feiertag der Flämischen Gemeinschaft)
21 JulyNational Day (nl:Nationale feestdag, fr:Fête nationale, de:Nationalfeiertag)
15 AugustAssumption of Mary (nl:Pinkstermaandag, fr:Lundi de Pentecôte, de:Pfingstmontag)
1 NovemberAll Saints (nl:Allerheiligen, fr:Toussaint, de:Allerheiligen)
11 NovemberArmistice Day (nl:Wapenstilstand, fr:Jour de l'armistice, de:Waffenstillstand)
15 NovemberDay of the German-speaking Community of Belgium (nl:Koningsdag, fr:Fête du Roi, de:Festtag des Königs)
25 DecemberChristmas (nl:Kerstmis, fr:Noël, de:Weihnacht)
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Kingdom of Belgium
Royaume de Belgique, Koninkrijk België, Königreich Belgien
Kingdom of Belgium - FlagKingdom of Belgium - Coat of arms
Kingdom of Belgium - Location
Capital: Brussels
Official languages: Dutch, French, German
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Population: 10 584 534
Area: 30 528 km²
Religion: Catholicism
Time Zone:
UTC +1 winter
UTC +2 summer
Auto Code: B
Internet TLD: .be
Calling code: +32
Corporate Income Tax: 33.99%
Personal Income Tax: 25-50%
Value Added Tax: 6/21%
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