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In 1497, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama left Lisbon in search of a sea route to India.
In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
In 1950, General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82 of a heart attack. The death of Kim, 82, ended the modern world's longest absolute reign.
In 1995, Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu was arrested in China and charged with obtaining state secrets.
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