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1732 - The orig­i­nal Covent Gar­den The­atre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened.

1800 - James Grant dis­cov­ers and names Port­land Bay and Cape Ot­way on the south­ern coast.

1846 - Le­ich­hardt de­parts Jim­bour Sta­tion on his sec­ond but un­suc­cess­ful ex­pe­di­tion.

1941 - Pearl Har­bor, lo­cated on the Hawai­ian is­land of Oahu was at­tacked by nearly 200 Ja­panese war­planes. The at­tack re­sulted in the US en­ter­ing into World War II.

1971 - Libya an­nounced the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of Bri­tish Pe­tro­leum’s as­sets.

1972 - Imelda Mar­cos, wife of Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand E. Mar­cos, was stabbed and se­ri­ously wounded by an as­sailant. The man was then shot and killed by her body­guards.

1974 - Pres­i­dent Makar­ios re­turned to Cyprus after five months in ex­ile.

1989 - East Ger­many’s Com­mu­nist Party agreed to co­op­er­ate with the plan for free elec­tions and a re­vised con­sti­tu­tion.

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