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1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment became part of the Constitution of the United States, giving women the right to vote.

1936 – The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty established Egypt as a sovereign state after 50 years of British occupation.

1968 “Hey Jude” single released by the Beatles (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)

1978 – Albino Cardinal Luciani was elected pope as John Paul I, but he died of a heart attack 33 days later.

1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic after condemning the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

1997 – South Africa’s last white president, F.W. de Klerk, announced he was quitting as leader of the opposition National Party.

2005 – Former Hutu rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza became Burundi’s president with a pledge to honour the peace accord that brought him to power and ended a 12-year civil war.

Via Britannica / On This Day / Reuters

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