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|1460||The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.|
|1803||The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.|
|1861||Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.|
|1862||The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln‘s cabinet for comment.|
|1905||Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin’s bomb.|
|1922||Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.|
|1932||The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.|
|1947||Romania’s King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.|
|1965||Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic’s sixth president.|
|1972||After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.|
|1976||Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.|
|2006||Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.|