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In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in present-day New Zealand.
In 1941, Japanese forces demand Hong Kong's surrender, but governor Sir Mark Young refuses, hoping Chinese forces only 30 miles away will counterattack. They don't.
In 1944, U.S. cruiser Nashville, the flagship of an invasion fleet headed for Mindoro Island in the Philippines, was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack which claimed 138 lives.
In 1980, Christian Democrat Jose Napoleon Duarte was named the president of El Salvador's new government.
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