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1941: Operation "Barbarossa". German troops invade the Soviet Union, breaking the German-Soviet pact.
1940: France, represented by General Huntziger, signs thearmistice in the Compiègne forest, at Rethondes, in the same wagon where the German armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.
1774: Voted by the English Parliament under the power of George III, theQuebec Act re-established French civil laws for Quebecers.
1633: The Italian scholar Galileo Galilei, then aged 70, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Inquisition.
841: At the battle of Fontenay-en-Puisaye, in Auxerrois, the grandsons of Charlemagne fought over the Empire.