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1613

Michael Romanov was elected czar of Russia, beginning the Romanov imperial line.

1878

The first telephone book was issued (New Haven, Conn.).

1916

Battle of Verdun, the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began.

1965

Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.

1972

President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China.

1995

Steve Fossett became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon.

2002

It was confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead, allegedly murdered by Islamic militants.

2012

Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, 130-billion bailout for Greece to help with the country's debt crisis.

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