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1888

Jack the Ripper killed his last victim, Mary Jane Kelly.

1938

Nazis burned and looted temples and Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in what became known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night—referring to broken glass on streets).

1953

Author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39.

1965

A switch at a station near Niagara Falls failed. The Northeast and parts of Canada went dark for more than 13 hours.

1970

Former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79.

1989

Borders between East and West Germany were opened and the Berlin Wall began to be dismantled the next day.

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