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SS Great Britain in 2005
- 998 – Arab–Byzantine wars: After an initial Byzantine victory in the Battle of Apamea, a lone Kurdish rider managed to kill Byzantine commander Damian Dalassenos, allowing Fatimid troops to turn the tide of the battle.
- 1843 – SS Great Britain (pictured), the first ocean-going ship that had both an iron hull and a screw propeller, launched from Bristol, England.
- 1903 – French cyclist Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France.
- 1989 – After suffering an uncontained failure of an engine which destroyed all of its hydraulic systems, Flight 232 broke up during an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S., killing 111 people.
- 2014 – Unidentified gunmen perpetrated an armed assault against an Egyptian military checkpoint in the Libyan Desert, killing at least 22 border guards.
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