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1536 – The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza. 1709 – Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, was rescued after four years alone on an island off the coast of Chile. 1848 – The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed. In the treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States a huge portion of what is today the American West and Southwest, including California and New Mexico. 1870 – The Cardiff Giant was revealed to be a hoax. 1876 – The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs was formed. 1887 – The first gathering at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsatawney, Pa. to wait for the groundhog’s shadow occurred. 1922 – James Joyce’s Ulysses was published. 1943 – Nazi troops surrendered in the World War II Battle of Stalingrad. 1971 – Idi Amin became dictator of Uganda. 1980 – The Abscam scandal was revealed. 1990 – South African President F. W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela. 2003 – Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel stepped down after 13 years.]]]]> ]]>

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