On this day

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1413 – Henry V is crowned King of Eng­land.

1440 – Christo­pher of Bavaria is ap­pointed King of Den­mark.

1454 – The Treaty of Lodi is signed, es­tab­lish­ing a bal­ance of power among north­ern Ital­ian city-states for al­most 50 years.

1782 – Amer­i­can War of In­de­pen­dence: Bat­tle of the Saintes be­gins.

1860 – On his pho­nau­to­graph ma­chine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Mart­inville makes the old­est known record­ing of an au­di­ble hu­man voice.

1867 – Alaska Pur­chase: Pass­ing by a sin­gle vote, the United States Se­nate rat­i­fies a treaty with Rus­sia for the pur­chase of Alaska.

1909 – The U.S. Congress passes the Payne–Aldrich Tar­iff Act.

1914 – Mex­i­can Revo­lu­tion: One of the world’s first naval/air skir­mishes takes place off the coast of western Mex­ico.

1916 – World War I: The Bat­tle of Ver­dun – Ger­man forces launch their third of­fen­sive of the bat­tle.

1917 – World War I: The Bat­tle of Ar­ras – the bat­tle be­gins with Cana­dian Corps ex­e­cut­ing a mas­sive as­sault on Vimy Ridge.

1918 – World War I: The Bat­tle of the Lys – the Por­tuguese Ex­pe­di­tionary Corps is crushed by the Ger­man forces dur­ing what is called the Spring Of­fen­sive on the Bel­gian re­gion of Flan­ders.

1918 – The Na­tional Coun­cil of Bes­sara­bia pro­claims union with the King­dom of Ro­ma­nia.

1937 – The Kamikaze ar­rives at Croy­don Air­port in Lon­don – it is the first Ja­panese-built air­craft to fly to Europe.

1975 – 8 people in South Korea, who are in­volved in People’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party In­ci­dent, are hanged.

1980 – The Iraqi regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein kills philoso­pher Muham­mad Baqir al-Sadr and his sis­ter Bint al-Huda af­ter three days of tor­ture.

1981 – The U.S. Navy nu­clear sub­ma­rine USS Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton ac­ci­den­tally col­lides with the Nis­sho Maru, a Ja­panese cargo ship, sink­ing it.

1991 – Ge­or­gia de­clares in­de­pen­dence from the Soviet Union

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