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  • 1564: Maximillian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1587: Japanese strong-man Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave.
  • 1593: France's King Henry IV converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
  • 1729: North Carolina becomes a royal colony.
  • 1799: On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt.
  • 1822: Gen. Agustin de Iturbide is crowned Agustin I, 1st emperor of Mexico.
  • 1845: China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the U.S.
  • 1860: The 1st US intercollegiate billiard match is between Harvard and Yale.
  • 1867: President Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming.
  • 1909: The first honeymoon in a balloon.
  • 1924: Greece announces the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.
  • 1943 Benito Mussolini is dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III and placed under arrest. Mussolini is later rescued by the Nazis and re-asserts his authority.
  • 1946: The U.S. detonates a second atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.
  • 1952: Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
  • 1953: A truce ends the Korean War.
  • 1964: The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" album goes No. 1 in the U.S. and stays No. 1 for 14 weeks.
  • 1965: Folk-rock begins when Bob Dylan uses electricity at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • 1981: Voyager 2 encounters Saturn.
  • 1997: In India Kocheril Raman Narayannan (1920-2005) is sworn in as president, becoming the first member of the "untouchable" Dalits caste to do so.
  • 2001: India's bandit queen, Phoolan Devi, is killed by masked gunmen in New Delhi. She had led a revolt against the abuse of low-class women and won a seat in parliament.
  • 2005: Intel announces plans to build a $3 billion computer microprocessor fabrication plant in Arizona.


    The Beatles: No. 1 in the U.S. album chart 42 years ago.



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