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1266 - Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
1658 - Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655-1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.
1794 - Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
1848 - The second French Republic is proclaimed.
1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the National Currency Act into law.
1870 - In New York City, a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opens to the public.
1885 - The Berlin Act, which resulted from the Berlin Conference regulating European colonization and trade in Africa, is signed
1887 - At the Sydney Cricket Ground, George Lohmann becomes the first bowler to take eight wickets in a Test innings.
1914 - HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS;Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
1917 - The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first ever jazz record for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
1919 - An act of the U.S. Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).
1929 - The Grand Teton National Park is created.
1935 - The Luftwaffe is re-formed.
1935 - The Daventry Experiment, Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
1936 - Adolf Hitler opened the 1st Volkswagen plant in East Germany.
1936 - In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
1952 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that his nation has an atomic bomb.
1966 - Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
1970 - National Public Radio incorporates as a non-profit corporation.
1971 - U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
1972 - The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
1979 - A Solar Eclipse passes over the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1984 - US troops withdraw from Beirut. President Ronald Reagan had sent the troops as a peacekeeping force in August 1982.
1986 - People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1987 - Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
1990 - The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
1991 - Gulf War: On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
1993 - World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
1995 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
2001 - The Taliban destroys two giant statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2003 - Generally said to be the starting date of the War in Darfur.
2004 - The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
2004 - Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2005 - Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76.

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1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (nl:Nieuwjaar, fr:Nouvel An, de:Neujahr)
16 AprilEaster (nl:Pasen, fr:Pâques, de:Ostern)
17 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)
4 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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