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• 1081 – The Komnenian dynasty came to full power when Alexios I Komnenos was crowned Byzantine Emperor.

1566 – A covenant of nobles in the Habsburg Netherlands presented Governor Margaret of Parma a petition to suspend the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands.

1847 – Britain's first civic public park, Birkenhead Park   in Birkenhead, Merseyside, opened.

2009 – The North Korean satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 was launched from the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground and passed over Japan, sparking concerns by other nations that it may have been a trial run of technology that could be used to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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