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Today Holidays
Malta: Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Wallis-and-Futuna: Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
French-Polynesia: Autonomy Day

Events

1149 - Raymond of Antioch is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din.
1194 - Sverre is crowned King of Norway.
1444 - Skanderbeg defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll.
1534 - Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island.
1613 - The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground.
1644 - Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, the last battle won by an English King on English soil.
1659 - At the Battle of Konotop the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeat the Russians, led by Prince Trubetskoy.
1749 - New Governor Charles de la Ralière Des Herbiers arrives at Isle Royale (Cape Breton Island).
1786 - Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.
1850 - Coal is discovered on Vancouver Island.
1850 - Autocephaly officially granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Church of Greece.
1864 - Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec.
1874 - Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled "Who's to Blame?" in which he lays out his complaints against King George. He is elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.
1880 - France annexes Tahiti.
1888 - First (known) recording of classical music, Handel's "Israel in Egypt", made on a wax cylinder.
1891 - Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation.
1895 - Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government.
1914 - Jina Guseva attempts to assassinate Grigori Rasputin at his home town in Siberia.
1916 - Sir Roger Casement, Irish Nationalist and British diplomat is sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.
1922 - France grants 1;km² at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes."
1925 - Canada House opens in London, England.
1926 - Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
1927 - First test of Wallace Turnbull's Controllable pitch propeller.
1928 - The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
1937 - Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada receives patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles.
1945 - Carpathian Ruthenia is annexed by Soviet Union.
1956 - The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment".
1974 - Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. Her husband President Juan Peron had delegated responsibility due to weak health and died two days later.
1976 - The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
1995 - Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.)
1995 - The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.
2002 - Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.
2006 - Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.
2007 - Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.

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2016

1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (New Year's Day)
2 JanuaryDay off
22 FebruaryIndependence Day (Independence Day)
25 MarchGood Friday (Good Friday)
28 MarchEaster Monday (Easter Monday)
1 MayLabour Day (Labour Day)
16 MayWhit Monday (Whit Monday)
26 MayCorpus Cristi (Corpus Cristi)
1 AugustEmancipation Day (Emancipation Day)
13 DecemberNational Day (National Day - Festival of Lights and Renewal)
25 DecemberChristmas (Christmas)
26 DecemberBoxing Day (Boxing Day)
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia - FlagSaint Lucia - Coat of arms
Saint Lucia - Location
Capital: Castries
Official languages: English
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Population: 164 213
Area: 616 km²
Religion: Catholicism (90%), Protestantism (7%), Anglicanism (3%)
Time Zone: UTC -4
Auto Code: WL
Internet TLD: .lc
Calling code: +1758
Corporate Income Tax: <33,3%
Personal Income Tax: <30%
Value Added Tax: 5-40%
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