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1403: Henry IV defeats the Percys in the Battle of Shrewsbury in England.
1711: Russia and Turkey sign the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War.
1718: The Treaty of Passarowitz is signed by Austria, Venice and the Ottoman Empire.
1773: Pope Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit order.
1798: Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Arab Mameluke warriors at the Battle of the Pyramids.
1865: Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.
1873: The James Gang robs a train in Adair, Iowa.
1896: Mary Church Terrell founds the National Association of Colored Women in Washington, D.C.
1906: French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is vindicated of his earlier court-martial for spying for Germany.
1919: The British House of Lords ratifies the Versailles Treaty.
1925: John Scopes is found guilty for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tenn., and is fined $100.
1941: France accepts Japan's demand for military control of Indochina.
1944: U.S. Army and Marine forces land on Guam in the Marianas.
1954: The French sign an armistice with the Viet Minh that ends the war but divides Vietnam into two countries.
1960: Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman prime minister of Ceylon.