• 644 Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina
  • 1534 English parliament passes Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII and subsequent monarchs become Head of Church of England
  • 1620 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
  • 1640 English Long Parliament forms
  • 1906 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects “SOS” (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help
  • 1957 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space
  • 1970 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam


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