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1887

Thomas Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures were born.

1888

Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found murdered in London.

1962

Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain.

1980

Poland's Solidarity labor movement had its beginnings when an agreement ending a 17-day strike was signed in Gdansk.

1994

Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.

1997

Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris.

2012

Armenia severed diplomatic relations with Hungary, after the pardoning of Ramil Safarov. In 2004, Safarov was convicted of killing an Armenian soldier.

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