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• 845 – Viking raiders possibly led by the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok captured Paris and held the city for a huge ransom.

1638 – Swedish settlers founded New Sweden near Delaware Bay, the first Swedish colony in America.

1871 – The Royal Albert Hall in Albertopolis, London, was officially opened by Queen Victoria.

1941 – Second World War: British Royal Navy and Australian Navy ships intercepted and sank or severely damaged the ships of the Italian Regia Marina near Crete.

1974 – NASA's Mariner 10, launched in November 1973, became the first spaceprobe to fly by the planet Mercury.

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