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Celestine V resigned the papacy after five months to return to his life as an ascetic hermit today (1294). Also, Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England on his round-the-world voyage (1577), the Massachusetts Bay Colony formed three militia regiments, celebrated as the birth of the National Guard (1636), Abel Tasman reached New Zealand (1642), Eleazar Wheelock founded Dartmouth College with a charter from George III and land donated by John Wentworth (1769), Ephraim McDowell performed the first oophorectomy to remove an ovarian tumor (1809), the Japanese capture of the city began the six-week Nanking Massacre (1937), the Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem (1949), NASA launched the Relay 1 satellite (1962), Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the program’s final moon walk (1972), Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations (1974), General Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law in Poland in response to the rising Solidarity Movement (1981), Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat spoke to the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva after the U.S. refused him a visa to speak in New York City (1988), and the European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia would become members in seventeen months (2002). And U.S. troops captured Saddam Hussein (2003).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::