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1494

Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.

1654

Louis XIV was crowned king of France.

1776

Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence.

1892

Homer Plessy was arrested for his refusal to move from a whites-only seat on a train. This led to the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision.

1929

Vatican City became a sovereign state.

1948

President Eduard BeneŇ° of Czechoslovakia resigned and the Communist takeover of the country was completed.

1967

Dorothy Parker, American short story writer, poet, and critic, died.

2003

Rev. V. Gene Robinson was elected the first openly gay bishop by New Hampshire Episcopalians.

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