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2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush granted China permanent normal trade status with the United States.

0537 – Hagia Sophia inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian I as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral

1437 – Albert II of Habsburg becomes King of Bohemia

1512 – The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.

1521 – The “Zwickau Prophets” appear in Wittenberg

1610 – Paris France, Hélène Boullé de Champlain, age 12, signs marriage contract with 40 year old Samuel de Champlain; daughter of a wealthy secretary to Louis XIII

1657 – “Flushing Remonstrance” petition signed in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, protesting the ban on Quaker worship

1703 – The Methuen Treaty was signed between Portugal and England, giving preference to the import of Portuguese wines into England.

1825 – First public railroad using steam locomotive completed in England

1831 – Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin’s discoveries during the voyage helped him form the basis of his theories on evolution.

1845 – Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time. The event was the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, GA.

1892 – Foundation Stone of the Cathedral of St John laid (New York NY)

1900 – Carrie Nation staged her first raid on a saloon at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, KS. She broke each and every one of the liquor bottles that could be seen.

1904 – James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan” premiered in London.

1915 – US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments

1918 – The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.

1923 – Namba Daisuke, a Japanese student, tries to assassinate the Prince Regent Hirohito

1924 – The US signs a treaty with the Dominican Republic, which supersedes that of 1907: in July, the Us had withdrawn its Marines and ended its occupation

1926 – Latkin Square in Bronx named for first US Jewish soldier to die in WW I

1927 – Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.

1932 – Emperor Hirohito of Japan narrowly evades an assassination attempt by a Korean independence activist, Lee Bong-chang

1934 – Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi declares Persia now Iran

1937 – German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany

1941 – Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an “open city”

1943 – France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government

1945 – The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.

1947 – The children’s television program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC.

1949 – Indonesian Independence, The Southeast Asian country’s independence came after 4 years of revolution and struggle. In August 1945, Sukarno signed the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence, which was formally accepted and recognized by the Dutch in 1949.

1951 – In Cincinnati, OH, a Crosley automobile, with a steering wheel on the right side, became the first vehicle of its kind to be placed in service for mail delivery.

1961 – Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations

1965 – The BP oil rig Sea Gem capsized in the North Sea, with the loss of 13 lives.

1968 – “The Breakfast Club” signed off for the last time on ABC radio, after 35 years on the air.

1971 – Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Woodstock of Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” comic strip were on the cover of “Newsweek” magazine.

1978 – Spain adopted a new constitution and became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979 – Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. Babrak Karmal succeeded President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed.

1983 – Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo

1985 – Dian Fossey, an American naturalist, was found murdered at a research station in Rawanda.

1988 – Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades

1992 – The U.S. shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and U.S. F-16 jets in U.N.-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.

1996 – Muslim fundamentalist Taliban forces retook the strategic air base of Bagram, solidifying their buffer zone around Kabul, the Afghanistan capital.

1997 – In Northern Ireland, Billy Wright was assassinated. He was imprisoned as a Protestant paramilitary leader.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush granted China permanent normal trade status with the United States.

2002 – Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

2004 – Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

2007 – Benazir Bhutto assassinated, The former Prime Minister of Pakistan was killed after a shooting and the detonation of a suicide bomb while campaigning for the upcoming elections in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

2009 – A consortium led by Korea Electric Power gets a US$20.4-billion contract to build nuclear power plants in the United Arab Emirates, the largest-ever energy deal in the Middle East.

2011 – Israelis Protest Against Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Extremism

2012 – NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025

2013 – GM Recalls Vehicles in China – General Motors announced a recall of over 1.4 million cars in China. The recall focused on an issue with a securing an oil pump.

2015 – Iraqi forces retake IS held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May)

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com



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