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In 1839, Chile defeated a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain.
In 1887, the U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
In 1943, Chile broke off diplomatic relations with the Axis powers.
In 1951, Wonju was recaptured by 2nd Division American troops in Korea.
In 1995, the Japanese government, faced with criticism for being slow to respond to Kobe's devastating earthquake, admitted its initial reaction might have been "confused." The U.S. State Department announced a partial lifting of economic sanctions against communist North Korea.
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