1549 The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna
1901 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia’s first parliamentary election
1912 Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far”
1961 After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria
1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 – above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.
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