In 1775, England's King George III described the American colonies as being in a state of "open and avowed rebellion." In 1927, Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Charlestown, Massachusetts, despite widespread protests of their innocence. In 1939, Germany's Adolf Hitler and the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin signed a non-aggression pact.
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In 1969, Taiwan won its first Little League World Series; the nation went on to win 10 titles in the next 13 years.
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation fifty years after Sacco and Vanzetti's execution that absolved them of any guilt in the crimes (murder, robbery) for which they were executed.