• 1791 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris
  • 1796 Napoléon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy
  • 1807 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808
  • 1888 The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace
  • 1946 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
  • 1956 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France
  • 1970 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda



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