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1438 - The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
1679 - King Charles II of England disbands Parliament.
1742 - Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1776 - Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.
1826 - Mississippi College is founded in Clinton, becoming the first college in the state of Mississippi.
1848 - California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento.
1857 - The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.
1859 - Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler.
1862 - Bucharest proclaimed capital of Romania.
1878 - The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
1916 - In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.
1918 - The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective from February 14(NS)
1924 - Petrograd, formerly Saint Petersburg, Russia, is renamed Leningrad.
1943 - World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.
1952 - Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
1961 - 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. One weapon nearly detonates; its uranium core is still lost.
1966 - An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117.
1972 - Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
1977 - Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
1978 - Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
1984 - The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
1986 - Voyager 2 passes within 81,500;km (50,680 miles) of Uranus.
1993 - Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
1996 - Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
2002 - American journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan.
2003 - The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
2009 - Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.



1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (Jaunais Gads)
10 AprilGood Friday (Lielā Piektdiena)
12 AprilEaster (Lieldienas)
13 AprilEaster Monday (2. Lieldienas)
1 MayLabour Day (Darba svētki)
23 JuneMidsummer Eve (Līgo Diena)
24 JuneMidsummer (Jāņi)
18 NovemberIndependence Day (Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena)
25 DecemberChristmas (Ziemassvētki)
26 DecemberBoxing Day (2. Ziemassvētki)
31 DecemberNew Year's Eve (Vecgada vakars)
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Latvijas Republika
Republic of Latvia - FlagRepublic of Latvia - Coat of arms
Republic of Latvia - Location
Capital: Riga
Official languages: Latvian
Government: Republic
Currency: Latvian Lats (LVL)
Population: 2 231 503
Area: 64 589 km²
Religion: Christianity
Time Zone:
UTC +2 - winter
UTC +3 - summer
Auto Code: LV
Internet TLD: .lv
Calling code: +371
Corporate Income Tax: 15,00%
Personal Income Tax: 26,00%
Value Added Tax: 21,00%
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