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0996

Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.

1471

King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.

1506

Christopher Columbus dies.

1536

The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.

1620

Present-day Martha's Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

1790

Paris is divided into 48 zones.

1832

The Democratic party holds its first national convention.

1856

Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.

1863

The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.

1881

The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.

1927

Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.

1940

British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.

1941

The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.

1951

The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.

1961

Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.

1970

The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

1991

In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.