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1099

Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem.

1568

Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crushes the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent.

1595

Henry IV's army defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.

1637

American settlers in New England massacre a Pequot Indian village.

1783

Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make the first public balloon flight.

1794

The U.S. Congress prohibits citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.

1827

Athens falls to Ottoman forces.

1851

Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin in The National Era.

1856

U.S. Army troops in the Four creeks region of California, head back to quarters, officially ending the Tule River War. Fighting, however, will continue for a few more years.

1863

The Confederate raider CSS Alabama captures the Talisman in the Mid-Atlantic.

1872

The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to include blacks, commences.

1880

Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley marries Sam Starr even though records show she was already married to Bruce Younger.

1900

British troops under Lord Roberts seize Pretoria from the Boers.

1940

The German army begins its offensive in Southern France.

1944

The first B-29 bombing raid strikes the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.

1947

Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines "The Marshall Plan," a program intended to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild their economies.

1956

Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.

1967

The Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan begins.

1968

Sirhan Sirhan shoots Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy's victory in the pivotal California primary election.

1973

Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California.

2004

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dies at age 93. Reagan was the 40th president of the United States.