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Events (400 years ago today): 1616 - Dutch sea-captain Dirk Hartog makes second recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.
Births (150 years ago today): 1866 - Thomas Armat, American mechanic and inventor (d. 1948)
Births (50 years ago today): 1966 - Wendel Clark, Canadian ice hockey player
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1916 - William Merritt Chase, American painter and educator (b. 1849)
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Compare and Contrasting the Rise of Dictators in Different Regions
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Model Essay: To what extent were conflicting views about Germany the main cause of the Cold War up to 1949?
Cold War Historiography