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- 1489 – Queen of Cyprus Catherine Cornaro (pictured) was forced to abdicate and sell the administration of the island to the Republic of Venice.
- 1794 – American inventor Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, the first ever machine that quickly and easily separatedcotton fibers from their seedpods.
- 1910 – Oil prospectors in Kern County, California, drilled into a pressurizedoil deposit, resulting in the largest accidental oil spill in history.
- 1931 – Alam Ara, the first Indian film with sound, was released.
- 1991 – The "Birmingham Six", wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings in England, were released after sixteen years in prison.