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The Visigoths finished their three-day sacking of Rome today (410). Also, Hōjō Yasutoki issued the Goseibai Shikimoku, the legal code of Japan’s Kamakura Shogunate (1232), Russia and China’s Qing Empire signed the Treaty of Nerchinsk (1689), Uruguay’s independence was formally proclaimed in peace talks between Brazil and Argentina (1828), Edwin Drake discovered what would become the world’s first commercial oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania (1859), Britain and Zanzibar fought history’s shortest war in just 38 minutes (1896), the British installed King Faisal I of Iraq (1921), the Famous Five petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada, asking if “persons” included women (1927), the first 15 of what would become 61 nations signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war (1928), the Constitution of Malaysia took effect (1957), NASA launched Mariner 2 toward Venus (1962), Louis Mountbatten and three others were killed by a Provisional IRA bomb while boating on holiday in Sligo, Ireland (1979), a military coup began the 8-year rule of Ibrahim Babangida in Nigeria (1985), the European Community recognized the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, on the same day Moldova declared independence (1991), Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge was completed (1993), Mars passed within 35 million miles of Earth, the closest passage in over 60,000 years, on the same day North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. convened the first Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program (2003), the Burmese military government and ethnic minorities began three days of unrest known as the Kokang Incident (2009), and 47 people died as Hurricane Irene struck the U.S. east coast (2011). And 62 people were killed as Hindu and Muslim communities clashed in India’s Muzaffarnagar region (2013).

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