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Burma: Martyrs' Day
Nicaragua: Liberation Day
Nicaragua: Army Day


1333 - Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Halidon Hill – The final battle of the war.
1544 - Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began.
1545 - The Tudor warship Mary Rose sinks off Portsmouth.
1553 - Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after having that title for just nine days.
1588 - Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines – The Spanish Armada sighted in the English Channel.
1692 - Salem Witch Trials: Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
1760 - The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders.
1799 - A group of Napoleon Bonaparte's soldiers discover what is now known as The Rosetta Stone, enabling the translation of hieroglyphics for the first time.
1843 - Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.
1848 - Women's rights: The two day Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York and the "Bloomers" are introduced at the feminist convention.
1863 - American Civil War: Morgan's Raid – At Buffington Island in Ohio, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's raid into the north is mostly thwarted when a large group of his men are captured while trying to escape across the Ohio River.
1864 - Third Battle of Nanking, determined battle at last.
1870 - Franco-Prussian War: France declares war on Prussia.
1879 - Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon.
1912 - A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
1916 - Battle of Fromelles
1919 - Following Peace Day celebrations marking the end of World War I, ex-servicemen rioted and burnt down Luton Town Hall.
1940 - World War II: Battle of Cape Spada – The Royal Navy and the Regia Marina clash; the Italian light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni sinks, with 121 casualties.
1940 - World War II: Army order 112 forms the Intelligence Corps of the British Army.
1942 - World War II: Battle of the Atlantic – German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions in response to the effective American convoy system.
1947 - Prime minister of shadow Burma government ,Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members are assassinated by British , which resulted in the political chaos in the country lasting until now.
1963 - Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100;km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
1964 - Vietnam War: At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam.
1976 - Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.
1979 - The Sandinista rebels overthrow the U.S.-backed government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
1983 - The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
1985 - The Val di Stava Dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.
1989 - United Airlines flight 232 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa killing 112 of the 296 passengers.
2007 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 14,000 mark (14,000.41) for the first time ever.



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Ripablik blong Vanuatu, Republic of Vanuatu, République du Vanuatu
Republic of Vanuatu - FlagRepublic of Vanuatu - Coat of arms
Republic of Vanuatu - Location
Capital: Port Vila
Official languages: Bislama (national), English, French
Government: Republic
Currency: Vatu (VUV)
Population: 199 414
Area: 12 200 km²
Religion: Presbyterianism (36,7%), Anglicanism (15%), Catholicism (15%), Ethnic religion (7,6%), Adventism (6,2%), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3,8%), other (15,7%)
Time Zone: UTC +11
Auto Code: VAN
Internet TLD: .vu
Calling code: +678
Corporate Income Tax: 0%
Personal Income Tax: 12,50%
Value Added Tax: 12,50%
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