240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
1856 Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War
1867 US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly)
1870 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
1959 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
1972 Northern Ireland’s Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and ‘direct rule’ from Westminster is introduced
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