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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Assumption of Mary
Georgia: Assumption of Mary


1189 - Third Crusade: the Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan
1349 - 6,000 Jews are killed in Mainz, accused of being the cause of the plague.
1511 - The Portuguese conquer Malacca.
1521 - The Ottoman Turks occupy Belgrade.
1542 - Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) – Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and afterwards executed.
1565 - St. Augustine, Florida, is established. It is the oldest surviving European settlement in the United States.
1609 - Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.
1619 - Ferdinand II is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
1640 - Second Bishop's War: King Charles I's English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn
1777 - American Revolutionary War – Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
1789 - William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn.
1830 - The Tom Thumb presages the first railway service in the United States.
1845 - Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue.
1849 - After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent, surrenders to Austria.
1859 - A geomagnetic storm causes the Aurora Borealis to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far afield as Japan.
1862 - American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the battle of Second Manassas.
1867 - The United States takes possession of the, at this point unoccupied, Midway Atoll.
1879 - Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British.
1898 - Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola".
1913 - Queen Wilhelmina opens the Peace Palace in The Hague.
1914 - World War I: the Royal Navy beats the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.
1914 - World War I: German troops conquer Namur.
1916 - World War I: Germany declares war on Romania.
1916 - World War I: Italy declares war on Germany.
1917 - Ten suffragists are arrested when picketing the White House.
1924 - Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
1931 - France and Soviet Union sign a treaty of non-aggression.
1937 - Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
1943 - World War II: in Denmark, a general strike against the Nazi occupation is started.
1944 - World War II: Marseille and Toulon are liberated.
1953 - Nippon Television broadcasts Japan's first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
1955 - Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.
1961 - Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
1963 - March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech.
1964 - The Philadelphia race riot begins.
1968 - Riots in Chicago, Illinois, during the Democratic National Convention.
1971 - The dollar is allowed to float against the yen for the first time.
1979 - An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.
1981 - The National Centers for Disease Control announce a high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men. Soon, these will be recognized as symptoms of an immune disorder, which will be called AIDS.
1986 - United States Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth is sentenced to 365 years imprisonment for espionage for the Soviet Union.
1988 - Ramstein airshow disaster: three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collide and the wreckage falls into the crowd. 75 are killed and 346 seriously injured.
1990 - Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.
1990 - The Plainfield Tornado: an F5 tornado hits in Plainfield, Illinois, and Joliet, Illinois, killing 28 people.
1991 - Collapse of the Soviet Union: Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
1991 - Collapse of the Soviet Union – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
1996 - Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales are divorced.
1998 - Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
2003 - An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London's underground rail network to a halt.
2008 - Barack Obama accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party to be the party's candidate for President of the United States of America.



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Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis - FlagFederation of Saint Kitts and Nevis - Coat of arms
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis - Location
Capital: Basseterre
Official languages: English
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Population: 38 819
Area: 261 km²
Religion: Protestantism
Time Zone: UTC -4
Auto Code: KAN
Internet TLD: .kn
Calling code: +1869
Corporate Income Tax: 35%
Personal Income Tax: 0%
Value Added Tax: 17% (11.2010->)
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