On this day in history
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1676: Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, is killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.
1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1944: German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.
1963: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I have a dream” speech.
1965: The Viet Cong are routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.
1979: An Irish Republican Army bomb explodes under a bandstand in Brussels’ Great Market as British Army musicians prepare for a performance; four British soldiers are wounded.
1981: John Hinckley Jr. pleads not guilty to attempting to assassinate Pres. Ronald Reagan.
1986: Bolivian president Victor Paz Estenssoro declares a state of siege and uses troops and tanks to halt a march by 10,000 striking tin miners.
1986: US Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth is given a 365-year prison term for spying for the USSR.