• 60 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
  • 1720 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory
  • 1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1824 Simón Bolívar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
  • 1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • 1906 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design
  • 1952 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power


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