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1185- Isaac II Angelos -kills Stephen Hagiochristophorites and then appeals to the people, resulting in the revolt that deposes Andronikos I Komnenos and places Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.
1226-The Roman Catholic -practice of Eucharistic adoration|public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass (liturgy)|Mass spreads from monasteries to parishes.
1297- Battle of Stirling Bridge -Scots jointly-led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeat the English.
1390- Lithuanian Civil War (1389–92) -The Teutonic Knights begin a five-week siege of Vilnius.
1541- Santiago -Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, led by Michimalonco.
1565- Ottoman Empire|Ottoman -forces retreat from Malta ending the Great Siege of Malta.
1609-Expulsion order announced against the Morisco -of Kingdom of Valencia|Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos.
1609- Henry Hudson -discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.
1649- Siege of Drogheda -ends: Oliver Cromwell's English Roundhead|Parliamentarian troops take the town and execute its garrison.
1697- Battle of Zenta -
1708- Charles XII of Sweden -stops his march to conquer Moscow outside Smolensk, marking the turning point in the Great Northern War. The army is defeated nine months later in the Battle of Poltava, and the Swedish Empire ceases to be a major power.
1709- Battle of Malplaquet -Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.
1714- Siege of Barcelona (1713–14)|Siege of Barcelona -Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia, surrenders to Spanish and French Philip V of Spain|Bourbon armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1758- Battle of Saint Cast -France repels British invasion during the Seven Years' War.
1775- Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec -leaves Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1776-British–American Staten Island Peace Conference|peace conference -on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolutionary War.
1777-American Revolutionary War: Battle of Brandywine -The British celebrate a major victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
1786-The beginning of the Annapolis Convention (1786)|Annapolis Convention -
1789- Alexander Hamilton -is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.
1792-The Hope Diamond -is stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house where they are stored.
1802-France annexes the Kingdom of Sardinia|Kingdom of Piedmont -
1803- Battle of Delhi (1803)|Battle of Delhi -during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, between British troops under Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake|General Lake, and Marathas of Scindia's army under General Louis Bourquin.
1813- War of 1812 -British troops arrive in Mount Vernon and prepare to march to and invade Washington, D.C..
1814-War of 1812: The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh -a major United States victory in the war.
1826- William Morgan (anti-Mason)|Captain William Morgan -is arrested in Batavia, New York for debt. This sets into motion the events that lead to his Disappeared|mysterious disappearance.
1829-Surrender of the expedition led by Isidro Barradas -at Tampico, sent by the Spanish crown in order to retake Mexico. This was the consummation of Mexico's campaign for independence.
1830- Anti-Masonic Party -convention; one of the first American political party conventions.
1847- Stephen Foster -s song "Oh! Susanna" is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh.
1851- Christiana Resistance -Escaped slaves stand against their former owner in armed resistance in Christiana, Pennsylvania, creating a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.
1852-The State of Buenos Aires -secedes from the Federales (Argentina)|Argentine Federal government, rejoining on September 17, 1861. Several places are named ''Once de Septiembre'' after this event.
1857-The Mountain Meadows massacre -Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah.
1893- Parliament of the World's Religions -opens in Chicago, where Swami Vivekananda delivers his speech on fanaticism, tolerance and the truth inherent in all religions.
1897-After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia -capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kingdom of Kaffa|Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.
1903-The first race at the Milwaukee Mile -in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
1914-Australia invades New Britain -defeating a German contingent at the Battle of Bita Paka.
1916-The Quebec Bridge -s central span collapses, killing 11 men. The bridge previously collapsed completely on August 29, 1907.
1919- United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marines -invade Honduras.
1921- Nahalal -the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel.
1922-The Treaty of Kars -is ratified in Yerevan, Armenia.
1922-One of the '' Herald Sun -' of Melbourne, Australia's predecessor papers ''The Sun News-Pictorial'' is founded.
1931- Salvatore Maranzano -is murdered by Lucky Luciano's hitmen.
1932- Franciszek Żwirko -and Stanisław Wigura, Polish Challenge 1932 winners, are killed when their RWD 6 airplane crashes during a stor