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1534 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France

1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia

1793 France passes 1st copyright law

1935 1st greetings telegram sent in Britain

1935 The world’s first children’s railway opens in Tbilisi, USSR

1982 Single “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor from “Rocky III” soundtrack starts 6-week run at No. 1 on US charts (Grammy for Best Rock Performance

1984 “Careless Whisper” single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

1990 US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait

1998 “Saving Private Ryan”, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)

2013 80 people are killed and 140 are injured after a high-speed train derails in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2014 116 people are killed after Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashed in Mali

2015 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya

2018 Wildfires near Athens, Greece, kill 91 with 104 injured, over 600 rescued from the coast by boats

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