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1602

The Dutch East India Company was established. During its 196-year history, it became one of the world's most powerful companies.

1727

English physicist/astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London at age 84.

1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published.

1969

John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

1985

Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod.

1990

Namibia becomes an independent nation.

1995

Two members of the Japanese cult Aum Sinrikyo released poisonous gas in a Tokyo subway stop during rush hour, killing 12 people and sending over 5,000 to the hospital for treatment.

1999

Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first to fly a hot-air balloon nonstop around the world.

2003

Ground troops entered Iraq and a second round of air strikes against Baghdad was launched.

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