Today’s Significant Events
1016 – Cnut the Great (or Canute), King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’.
1648 – English Parliamentary army captures King Charles I
1731 – Beijing hit by Earthquake; about 100,000 die
1782 – Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
1786 – Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day.
1974 – Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) is discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.
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