U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize (1906)
Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication (1936)
The People's Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan (1949)
President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize at Oslo City Hall in Norway (2009)
b: Rod Blagojevich (1956); d: Alfred Nobel (1896), Armand Hammer (1990), Eugene McCarthy (2005)
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