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Scottish sailor John Paul Jones was born on 6 July 1747 in Kirkbean, south-west Scotland. Jones is regarded as one of the founding figures of the US navy and became a hero to the Americans for his actions during the War of Independence, helping the nation to victory against the British.

Jones first went to sea at the age of thirteen and as a teenager, made frequent voyages to America, where his brother lived. He was given command of his own ship and crew at the age of 21 after successfully bringing a ship back to port when its captain died suddenly. However, his reputation was tarnished after the death of a sailor he had punished and his involvement in a sword duel in which his opponent was killed.
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1985 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
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1698 A fleet of five ships set sail from the Port of Leith for the Isthmus of Darien in Panama, beginning a sea voyage which would last more than three months
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1304 Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle - King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold of the war

1654 Anglo-Portuguese treaty, Portugal comes under English control

1773 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)

1837 Euston railway station opens in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR), the city's 1st intercity railway station

1890 "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" begins publishing

1914 Armed resistance against British rule begins in Ulster

1944 Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg

1956 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam

1969 1st Moon Landing: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out from Apollo spacecraft 11, 530 million watch live global broadcast

1982 Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses killed in Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attacks during military ceremonies in London



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