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In 1321, Ital­ian poet Dante Alighieri died. In 1752, the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar was of­fi­cially adopted by the Bri­tish Em­pire and its colonies in Amer­ica. In 1812, the Rus­sians set fire to Moscow be­fore Napoleon’s tri­umphant march into the city. Three-fourths of the city was de­stroyed in the next few days. Napoleon re­mained in Moscow for about a month while cold and hunger dec­i­mated the Grande Armee. In 1847, U.S. troops cap­tured Mex­ico City dur­ing the Mex­i­can War. In 1882, the steamer “Asia” sank in Ge­or­gian Bay dur­ing a fierce gale, claim­ing 126 lives.

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