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1775: The Bill of Rights is ratified in Congress.
1890: As U.S. Army soldiers attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, shooting breaks out and Lt. Bullhead shoots the great Sioux leader.
1924: The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.
1946: Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.
1961: Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced by a Jerusalem court to be hanged.
1965: The United States drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial center near Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.
1972: The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.
1973: The American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1976: The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant causes one of the worst marine oil spills in history when it runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1978: U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.
1981: In what is often called the first modern suicide bombing, a suicide car bomb kills 61 people at the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon is among the casualties.
1993: The Downing Street Declaration, issued jointly by U.K. and the Republic of Ireland, affirms the U.K. would transfer Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland only if a majority of Northern Ireland's people approved.
2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after an 11-year, $27 million project to fortify it without eliminating its famed lean.
2005: F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter enters active service with the U.S. Air Force.


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