161 Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire.
1530 King Henry VIII’s divorce request is denied by the Pope. Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England’s church
1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone
1912 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
1917 Russian February Revolution breaks out with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
1936 Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles, sends troops to Rhineland
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