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Napoleon Bon­a­parte, newly re­turned from his dis­as­trous ex­pe­di­tion to Egypt, seizes power in France.

US Gen­eral Ulysses S Grant is­sues or­ders to bar Jews serv­ing un­der him.

The Great Bos­ton Fire. Close to

1 000 build­ings are de­stroyed.

The mu­ti­lated body of Mary Jane Kelly, be­lieved to be the fi­nal vic­tim of Jack the Ripper, is dis­cov­ered in Lon­don.

The Cul­li­nan Di­a­mond is pre­sented to King Ed­ward VII on his 66th birth­day. The stone is the largest gem-qual­ity rough di­a­mond ever found, weigh­ing 3 106.75 carats (621.35g), and was dis­cov­ered at the Pre­mier No 2 mine in Cul­li­nan, near Pre­to­ria, on Jan­uary 26 two years be­fore.

An am­mu­ni­tions ship ex­plodes at Bakar­itsa har­bour, near Ar­changel, Soviet Union, killing about 600 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 800.

A hur­ri­cane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur Cuba, killing

2 500 peo­ple.

Kristall­nacht be­gins with a pogrom against Jews in Ger­many and Aus­tria

– the first large-scale phys­i­cal act of an­tiJewish vi­o­lence in Nazi Ger­many.

The Red Cross wins the No­bel peace prize.

The UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly con­demns apartheid.

Garry Kas­parov, 22, be­comes the youngest World Chess Cham­pion by beat­ing fel­low Soviet Ana­toly Kar­pov.

East Ger­many opens check­points in the Ber­lin Wall, al­low­ing its cit­i­zens to travel to West Ber­lin.

Bri­gadier Joshua Oupa Qqozo, mil­i­tary leader of Ciskei home­land, goes on trial in the Ciskei Supreme Court on charges of mur­der or in­cite­ment to mur­der, re­lat­ing to the killing of Lieu­tenant Charles Sebe dur­ing a coup at­tempt in Jan­uary 1991.

At least 27 peo­ple are killed and dozens are wounded in con­flicts be­tween in­mates and guards at We­likada prison in Colombo.

Top African busi­ness lead­ers es­tab­lish an emer­gency fund to help coun­tries hit by the Ebola out­break.

Don­ald Trump is de­clared the win­ner of the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The His­to­rian

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