Events in History for Wednesday February 12th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1700 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.

1912 Last Ch’ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T’ung, abdicates

1999 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial

2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

2013 North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized

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Events in History for Wednesday February 10th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

60 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
1720 Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
1824 Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
1906 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design

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Events in History for Tuesday February 9th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

474 Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire together with his son Leo II.
1775 British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion
1904 Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria
1943 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
1972 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners’ strike

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Events in History for Monday February 8th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
1807 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon’s forces and Russian Empire – 1st battle Napoleon isn’t victorious
1915 D. W. Griffith’s silent film “The Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles – first 12-reel film in America
1952 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
1960 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.
1971 The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
2013 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka

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Events in History for Sunday February 7th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1238 The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.

1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) prince of Wales

1842 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.

1856 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.

1991 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

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Events in History for Friday February 5th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1576 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
1885 News of fall of Khartoum reaches London
1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
1937 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, “Modern Times,” released
1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

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Events in History for Thursday February 4th 2016

Today’s Significant Events

211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.
960 The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance
1789 1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President
1859 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
1865 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
1969 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

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Events in History for Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
1901 Queen Victoria’s funeral takes place.
1922 James Joyce’s “Ulysses” published in Paris (1,000 copies)
1943 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad, turning point in Europe during WW II
1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda

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Events in History for Monday 1st February 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
1908 King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
1968 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.
1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

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Events in History for Sunday 31st January 2016

Today’s Significant Events

1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1865 General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War
1950 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for development of Hydogen bomb
1964 US report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer
1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

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