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1665 England installs a municipal government in New York

1776 Virginia’s colonial legislature becomes the first to adopt a Bill of Rights

1898 Philippine nationalists declare independence from Spain

1901 A Cuban convention making the country virtually a protectorate of the US is incorporated in the Cuban constitution as a condition of the withdrawal of US troops

1934 Political parties are banned in Bulgaria

1963 Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi

1964 Nelson Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage in South Africa

1967 Virginia Supreme Court overturns laws prohibiting interracial marriages

1987 During a visit to the divided city of Berlin, US President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”

1991 Boris Yeltsin becomes the first ever directly elected leader of the Russian Federation

1996 Queen Elizabeth becomes the fifth-longest reigning English monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria’s 63 years and 216 days

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