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|1537||Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World.|
|1774||The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.|
|1793||Maximilien Robespierre, a member of France’s Committee on Public Safety, initiates the “Reign of Terror.”|
|1818||The British army defeats the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.|
|1859||French forces cross the Ticino River.|
|1865||At Galveston, Texas, Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Department to Union forces.|
|1883||The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.|
|1886||Grover Cleveland becomes the first American president to wed while in office.|
|1910||Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he becomes Britain’s first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane breaks up in midair.|
|1924||The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians.|
|1928||Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captures Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.|
|1942||The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown move into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.|
|1944||Allied “shuttle bombing” of Germany begins, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.|
|1946||Italian citizens vote by referendum for a republic.|
|1948||Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash.|
|1953||Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.|
|1954||Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.|
|1969||The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam.|
Edwige Roux-Morizot, the local prosecutor, said: “During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything. It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”
The highly trained and battle-hardened officers were able to pounce on the first of the two robbers when he tripped on his way of the outlet without firing a shot.
However, they were forced to shoot the other in the abdomen when he pointed a gun at them as he sought to make his getaway with the cash, ignoring their orders to drop his weapon.
The two robbers, both in their early 20s and from the local Mombéliard area, were taken to Besancon hospital for treatment.