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1573 - The Brazilian city of Niterói is founded.
1574 - Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.
1718 - Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
1812 - War of 1812: 17 Indiana Rangers are killed at the Battle of Spur's Defeat.
1830 - Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1837 - Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie called for a rebellion against Great Britain in his essay "To the People of Upper Canada", published in his newspaper The Constitution.
1858 - Denver, Colorado is founded.
1859 - Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species is first offered for sale, in London, England.
1864 - American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea: Confederate General John Bell Hood invades Tennessee in an unsuccessful attempt to draw Union General William T. Sherman from Georgia.
1908 - The Congress of Manastir establishes the Albanian alphabet.
1922 - Egyptology: Howard Carter, assisted by Lord Carnarvon, opens the tomb of Tutankhamun.
1928 - The premier performance of Ravel's Boléro takes place in Paris.
1935 - The China Clipper takes off from Alameda, California for its first commercial flight. It reaches its destination, Manila, a week later.
1940 - World War II: Following the initial Italian invasion, Greek troops counterattack into Italian-occupied Albania and capture Korytsa.
1942 - World War II: Battle of Stalingrad – General Friedrich Paulus sends Adolf Hitler a telegram saying that the German 6th army is surrounded.
1943 - World War II: War in the Pacific – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek meet in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss ways to defeat Japan (see Cairo Conference)
1943 - Lebanon gains independence from France.
1954 - The Humane Society of the United States is founded.
1963 - In Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy is killed and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded by an assassin, identified as Lee Harvey Oswald, who is later captured and charged with the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit. That same day, US Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.
1967 - UN Security Council Resolution 242 is adopted by the UN Security Council, establishing a set of the principles aimed at guiding negotiations for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement.
1973 - The Italian Fascist organization Ordine Nuovo is disbanded.
1974 - The United Nations General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.
1975 - Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.
1977 - British Airways inaugurates a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
1986 - Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.
1987 - Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.
1988 - In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.
1989 - In West Beirut, a bomb explodes near the motorcade of Lebanese President Rene Moawad, killing him.
1995 - Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
1998 - Albania constitution adopted by popular referendum.
2002 - In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
2004 - The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
2005 - Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany. The Xbox 360 is released.
2008 - YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live.



1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
14 AprilGood Friday
17 AprilEaster Monday
1 MayLabour Day
5 JuneMadaraka Day
25 JuneEnd of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
31 AugustSacrifice Feast (Eid El Adha)
20 OctoberKenyatta's Day
13 DecemberIndependence Day (Jamhuri)
25 DecemberChristmas
26 DecemberBoxing Day
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Republic of Kenya
Republic of Kenya, Jamhuri ya Kenya
Republic of Kenya - FlagRepublic of Kenya - Coat of arms
Republic of Kenya - Location
Capital: Nairobi
Official languages: English, Swahili (national)
Government: Republic
Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Population: 37 953 840
Area: 582 650 km²
Religion: Protestantism (38%), Catholicism (28%), Ethnic religion (26%), Islam (7%), other (1%)
Time Zone: UTC +3
Auto Code: EAK
Internet TLD: .ke
Calling code: +254
Corporate Income Tax: <30%
Personal Income Tax: <30%
Value Added Tax: 16%
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