1493 – Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica

1762 – Spain acquires Louisiana

1793 – French playwright , journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.

1820 – Cuenca Ecuador declares independence

1838 – The Times of India , the world ‘s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce .

1903 – Colombia grants independence to Panama

1918 – Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW I

1960 – Ivory Coast adopts constitution

1961 – General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general

1978 – Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution

1992 – Bill Clinton (D ) wins US presidential election over President Bush (R )


1793 – Olympe de Gouges, French feminist and revolutionary (b . 1748 )

1982 – Edward H Carr, British historian , dies at 90

    E H Carr is the author of What is History? He defined history as an "unending dialogue between the present and the past".

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