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1653

Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

1773

The Boston Tea Party took place.

1916

Grigori Rasputin assassinated by a group of noble Russian conspirators.

1920

One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hit the Gansu province in China. The 8.6 quake killed 200,000 people.

1944

The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium.

1990

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.

2000

Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state.

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