1898 – United States declares war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor after suffering a massive explosion.
1920 –Berlin U-Bahn (for underground railway) opened.
1936 –Adolf Hitler announced a plan for production of “the People’s Car”, dubbed the Volkswagen.
1953 –Majallat al-Risala, the first Arab literature magazine in the Arab World, and which was chaired by author Ahmed Hassan Al-Zaiyat, ceased publication.
1994 – At least 207 people killed, more than 2,000 injured, 75,000 homeless in Sumatra earthquake.
2003 – Between 10 to 15 million persons demonstrated in more than 600 cities across the world against the war on Iraq.
2004 – A part of the road leading to Al-Maghariba Gate, one of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s main gates collapsed due to Israeli excavations underneath.
2013 – Meteorite explodes over Russian city of Chelyabinsk, causing meteorite shower, injuring 1000 persons and destroying more than 4300 houses.
1710 – King Louis XV of France.
1915 – German Doctor Theodor Escherich.
Independence Day of Serbia.
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