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Eight-foot statue of Wallace by Alexander Carrick near the entrance of Edinburgh Castle
Stained-glass depiction of William Wallace
Albert Bridge in London at night
Part of the human chain
forming the Baltic Way
German tanks and soldiers in the Battle of Kursk
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1521 – Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire: After , Spanish conquistador an extended siege Hernán Cortés's forces captured the Aztec leader Cuauhtémoc and conquered the capital of Tenochtitlan.
1572 – French Wars of Religion: The , a wave of St. Bartholomew's Day massacre Catholic mob violence against Protestant Huguenots, began, resulting in an estimated tens of thousands deaths across France over several months.
1784 – The western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina declared independence as the .
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1866 – Prussia defeated Austria in the , dissolving the Austro-Prussian War German Confederation.
1927 – After a controversial trial, and despite worldwide protests, Italian-born American anarchists were executed by Sacco and Vanzetti electric chair for murder.
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1948 – The , a worldwide Christian World Council of Churches ecumenical organization, was established in Amsterdam.
1958 – The People's Liberation Army began an intense artillery bombardment of Quemoy, sparking the .
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1966 – NASA's took the first photograph of Earth from the distance of the Moon.
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1970 – The United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez, began the , the largest Salad Bowl strike farmworker strike in U.S. history.
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2007 – The skeletal remains of , and his sister Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia were found near Anastasia Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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1305 – William Wallace (depicted), a leader of Scottish resistance against England during the Wars of Scottish Independence, was hanged, drawn and quartered.
1775 – King George III issued declaring elements of the a proclamation American colonies to be in a state of "open and avowed rebellion".
1873 – The , spanning the Albert Bridge River Thames in London, opened.
1933 – The made landfall in the Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane Outer Banks of North Carolina and went on to cause at least 47 deaths in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.
1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the , a ten-year mutual Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact non-aggression treaty, which also secretly divided northern and eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence.
1943 – Second World War: A decisive Soviet victory against German forces at the gave the Battle of Kursk Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
1989 – Singing Revolution: Approximately two million people joined hands (pictured) to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres (419.7 mi) across the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Soviet republics to demonstrate their desire for independence.
2006 – , who had been abducted at the age of ten in Natascha Kampusch Vienna, escaped from her captor Wolfgang Přiklopil after more than eight years in captivity.
2010 – A former Philippine National Police officer in hijacked a tourist bus Manila, holding its occupants hostage for nearly eleven hours and killing eight of them before being killed by police himself. Born/died this day: | |d|406| Radagaisus |d|1498| Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal |b|1724| Abraham Yates Jr. |b|1901| John Sherman Cooper |b|1923| Marjorie Paxson |d|1960| Oscar Hammerstein II |b|1980| Rex Grossman |b|1980| Denny Bautista |b|1988 Jeremy Lin
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