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1698

Russia's Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men.

1774

The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.

1836

The Republic of Texas made miltary hero Sam Houston its first president.

1905

The Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War, was signed at the Portsmouth naval base in New Hampshire.

1972

Palestinian guerrillas killed 11 Israelis at the Munich Summer Olympics.

1997

Humanitarian Mother Teresa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor, died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.

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