The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing bubonic plague, were rounded up and incinerated (1349)
Lithuanian residents of the Memel Territory rebel against the League of Nations' decision to leave the area as a mandated region under French control (1923)
The United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City (1951)
Mahmoud Abbas wins the election to replace Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority (2005)
President B. Hussein Obama fires centrist William M. Daley as White House Chief of Staff (2012)
b: Richard Nixon (1913), Joan Baez (1941); d: Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1927)
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