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1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.
1258 - Regent George Mouzalon and his brothers are killed during a coup headed by the aristocratic faction under, paving the way for its leader, Michael VIII Palaiologos, to ultimately usurp the throne of the Empire of Nicaea.
1537 - The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
1580 - Battle of Alcântara. Spain defeats Portugal.
1609 - Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1758 - Seven Years' War: Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
1768 - James Cook begins his first voyage.
1814 - Washington, D.C. is burned and White House is destroyed by British forces during the War of 1812.
1825 - Uruguay declares its independence from Brazil.
1830 - The Belgian Revolution begins.
1835 - The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax.
1894 - Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
1898 - 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are slaughtered by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
1910 - Yellow Cab is founded.
1912 - The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.
1916 - The United States National Park Service is created.
1920 - Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, which began on August 13, ends. The Red Army is defeated.
1921 - The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain occur.
1933 - The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao County, Sichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
1942 - World War II: Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
1942 - World War II: second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal is turned-back by an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
1944 - World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
1945 - Ten days after World War II ends with Japan announcing its surrender, armed supporters of the Communist Party of China kill Baptist missionary John Birch, regarded by some of the American right as the first victim of the Cold War.
1948 - The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: "Confrontation Day" between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
1950 - President Harry Truman orders the US Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
1981 - Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
1989 - Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
1989 - Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
1989 - Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
1991 - Belarus declares its independence from the Soviet Union
1991 - The Battle of Vukovar has begun. An 87-day siege of an Croatian city by the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), supported by various Serbian paramilitary forces, between August-November 1991 during the Croatian War of Independence.
1997 - Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
2003 - The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).



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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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