1479 Treaty of Alcaçovas – Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
1836 Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexicans overwhelm the Texans at the Alamo, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett
1853 Giuseppe Verdi’s Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice
1857 Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
1869 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
1899 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
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