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1594 - Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
1600 - The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
1674 - England and the Netherlands sign the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1807 - In Alabama, Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
1819 - British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
1846 - In Austin, Texas the newly-formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas' annexation by the United States.
1847 - The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
1852 - The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1861 - Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
1864 - Knights of Pythias are founded in Washington, D.C. by Justus H. Rathbone.
1878 - The phonograph is patented by Thomas Edison.
1884 - The Enigma tornado outbreak occurs.
1937 - During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Eritrean nationalists attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades.
1942 - World War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
1942 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066', allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
1943 - World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
1945 - World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima.
1949 - Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
1953 - Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
1959 - The United Kingdom grants Cyprus its independence, which is then formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
1963 - The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique launches the reawakening of the Feminist Movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness-raising groups spread.
197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
1972 - The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff begins in Japan.
1976 - Executive Order 9066 was rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417
1978 - Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport, in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking situation, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
1985 - Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
1985 - Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
1986 - Akkaraipattu massacre, massacre of 80 Tamil farm workers by the Sri Lankan Army in the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
1986 - The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
1999 - President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
2001 - An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
2004 - Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity".
2007 - Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.



1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (New Year's Day)
30 MarchShouter Liberation Day (Spiritual Baptist, Shouter Liberation Day)
14 AprilGood Friday (Good Friday)
17 AprilEaster Monday (Easter Monday)
10 MayVesākha (Vesak, Buddha Purnima)
30 MayIndian Arrival Day (Indian Arrival Day)
15 JuneCorpus Cristi (Corpus Cristi)
19 JuneLabour Day (Labour Day)
25 JuneEnd of Ramadan (End of Ramadan)
1 AugustEmancipation Day (Emancipation Day)
31 AugustIndependence Day (Independence Day)
24 SeptemberRepublic Day (Republic Day)
19 OctoberDiwali
25 DecemberChristmas (Christmas)
26 DecemberBoxing Day (Boxing Day)
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Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - FlagRepublic of Trinidad and Tobago - Coat of arms
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - Location
Capital: Port of Spain
Official languages: English
Government: Republic
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD)
Population: 1 057 000
Area: 5 128 km²
Religion: Catholicism (29,4%), Hinduism (23,8%), Anglicanism (10,9%), Islam (5,8%), Presbyterianism (3,4%)
Time Zone: UTC -4
Auto Code: TT
Internet TLD: .tt
Calling code: +1868
Corporate Income Tax: 15/25%
Personal Income Tax: 28/35%
Value Added Tax: 15%
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