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1774 – Rhode Is­land be­comes the first of Bri­tain's North Amer­i­can colonies to ban the im­por­ta­tion of slaves.

1933 – The Aus­tralian Antarc­tic Territory is estab­lished. 1933 – Her­mann Go­er­ing es­tab­lishes the Gestapo, the Ger­man se­cret state po­lice. 1966 – The US Supreme Court rules in Mi­randa v Ari­zona that po­lice must in­form suspects of their rights be­fore ques­tion­ing them.

1971 – The New York Times be­gins publication of the Pen­tagon Pa­pers dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

1998 – The rul­ing Na­tional Party and Lib­eral Party gov­ern­ment of Rob Bor­bidge is de­feated and a mi­nor­ity ALP gov­ern­ment led by Peter Beat­tie is elected in Queens­land.

2000 – South Korean pres­i­dent Kim Dae-jung of meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for the be­gin­ning of the first ever in­ter-Korea sum­mit, in the north­ern cap­i­tal of Py­ongyang.

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