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1524

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama died in Cochin, India.

1814

The War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

1818

"Silent Night" was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber.

1865

The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee.

1871

Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida premiered in Cairo, Egypt, at the opening of the Suez Canal.

1943

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was appointed supreme commander of Allied Forces by President Franklin Roosevelt.

1992

President Bush pardoned former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.

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