1976 : Mao Zedong died in Beijing at the age of 82.
1975: successful launch of the probe Viking 2, who is going to explore Mars.
1943: After the Italian surrender, Corsica rises against the German occupier.
1850: The California becomes the 31st state of the United States.
1642: In the heart of the Thirty Years' War, the French army, which invaded Roussillon, takes Perpignan.
1087: The last man in history who succeeded in invading England, William the Conquerort, died in Rouen following an accidental injury.