This Day in History

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503 - [[Fasti Triumphales]] -', Roman consul Agrippa Menenius Lanatus (consul 503 BC)|Agrippa Menenius Lanatus celebrated a Roman triumph|triumph for a military victory over the Sabines.

1147 - [[Moscow]] -

1287 - [[Wareru]] -founds the Ramanya Kingdom, and proclaims independence from the Pagan Kingdom.

1581 - [[Francis Drake]] -is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world.

1660 - [[Declaration of Breda]] -by King Charles II of England.

1721 - [[Robert Walpole]] -takes office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under George I of Great Britain|King George I.

1768 - [[Philip Astley]] -stages the first modern circus.

1796 - [[Georges Cuvier]] -delivers his first Paleontology|paleontological lecture at École Centrale du Pantheon of the National Museum of Natural History (France)|National Museum of Natural History on living and fossil remains of elephants and related species, founding the science of Paleontology.

1812 - [[James Madison]] -enacts a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.

1814 - [[Napoleon]] -abdicates for the first time and names his son Napoleon II as Emperor of the French.

1818 - [[United States Congress]] -adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).

1841 - [[William Henry Harrison]] -dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and with the shortest term served. Vice President John Tyler, becomes President upon Harrison's death.

1850 - [[Cottenham]] -A large part of the Cambridgeshire village (England) is burnt to the ground in suspicious circumstances.

1850 - [[Los Angeles]] -is incorporated as a city.

1859 - [[Bryant's Minstrels]] -debut "Dixie (song)|Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.

1865 - [[American Civil War]] -A day after United States|Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate States of America|Confederate capital.

1866 - [[Alexander II of Russia]] -narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in the city of Saint Petersburg.

1873 - [[The Kennel Club]] -is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.

1887 - [[Argonia, Kansas]] -elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States.

1905 - [[1905 Kangra earthquake|an earthquake]] -hits the Kangra Valley, killing 20,000, and destroying most buildings in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh|Kangra, McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala.

1913 - [[First Balkan War]] -Greek aviator Emmanouil Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot to die in the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.

1925 - [[Schutzstaffel]] -(SS) is founded in Germany.

1930 - [[Communist Party of Panama]] -is founded.

1933 - [[airship]] -{{USS|Akron|ZRS-4|6}}, is wrecked off the New Jersey coast due to severe weather.

1939 - [[Faisal II of Iraq|Faisal II]] -becomes King of Iraq.

1944 - [[World War II]] -Bombing of Bucharest in World War II|First bombardment of oil refineries in Bucharest by Anglo-American forces kills 3000 civilians.

1945 - [[Ohrdruf forced labor camp]] -in Germany.

1945 - [[Battle of Kassel (1945)|capture Kassel]] -

1945 - [[Hungary]] -from German occupation and occupy the country itself.

1949 - [[North Atlantic Treaty]] -creating the NATO|North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

1958 - [[CND]] -peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London.

1960 - [[Mali Federation]] -a union of Senegal and French Sudan.

1964 - [[The Beatles]] -occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100|''Billboard'' Hot 100 pop chart.

1965 - [[Saab Viggen]] -fighter aircraft is unveiled.

1967 - [[Martin Luther King Jr.]] -delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church.

1968 - [[James Earl Ray]] -at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1968 - [[Apollo program]] -NASA launches Apollo 6.

1968 - [[A.E.K. Athens B.C.]] -becomes the first Greek team to win the European Basketball Cup.

1969 - [[Denton Cooley]] -implants the first temporary artificial heart.

1973 - [[World Trade Center (1973-2001)|World Trade Center]] -in New York is officially dedicated.

1973 - [[Lockheed C-141 Starlifter]] -dubbed the ''Hanoi Taxi'', makes the last flight of Operation Homecoming.

1975 - [[Microsoft]] -is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

1975 - [[Vietnam War]] -Operation Babylift: A United States Air Force Lockheed C-5 Galaxy|Lockheed C-5A Galaxy transporting orphans, crashes near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff killing 172 people.

1976 - [[Norodom Sihanouk]] -resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest.

1979 - [[Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]] -of Pakistan is executed.

1981 - [[Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force]] -mounts an Attack on H3|attack on H-3 Airbase and destroys about 50 Iraqi aircraft.

1983 - [[Space Shuttle Challenger|Challenger]] -' STS-6|makes its maiden voyage into space.

1984 - [[Ronald Reagan]] -calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.

1988 - [[List of Governors of Arizona|Governor]] -Evan Mecham of Arizona is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office.

1991 - [[John Heinz]] -of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their airplane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

1991 - [[flag of Hong Kong]] -is adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong during the Third Session of the Seventh National People's Congress.

1994 - [[Marc Andreessen]] -and James H. Clark|Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name ''Mosaic Communications Corporation''.

1996 - [[Comet Hyakutake]] -is imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.

2002 - [[Angola]] -government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.

2007 - [[2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel|held in Iran]] -are released by the Iranian President.

2009 - [[2009 Pittsburgh police shootings|shot and killed]] -during a shootout in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2013 - [[2013 Thane building collapse|building collapse]] -in Thane, India.

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