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1430

Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.

1788

South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.

1830

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.

1873

The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

1911

The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.

1934

Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) were killed in a police shootout.

1945

Heinrich Himmler, head of Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo, committed suicide while in prison.

1949

The German Federal Republic came into existence.

1997

Moderate Mohammad Khatami was elected president of Iran.

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