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Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper was martyred during England’s Marian Persecutions today (1555). Gregory XV became the last pope elected by acclamation (1621), the British Parliament declared Massachusetts to be in rebellion (1775), the short-lived New Roman Republic was founded (1849), President Ulysses Grant signed the declaration of Congress that established the U.S. Weather Bureau (1870), President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making the Department of Agriculture a Cabinet-level agency (1889), William Morgan invented Mintonette, now known as volleyball (1895), Dwight Davis and three Harvard University teammates offered the International Lawn Tennis Challenge to Britain, the start of what became the Davis Cup (1900), Greece, Turkey, Romania, and Yugoslavia signed the Balkan Pact (1934), the U.S. shifted to year-round Daylight Savings Time to conserve energy during World War II (1942), Senator Joseph McCarthy said the U.S. Department of State was filled with communists (1950), the Beatles debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964), 64 people died as the magnitude 6.4 San Fernando Earthquake struck California, on the same day Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971), and Lithuanians voted for independence (1991). And 9 Japanese crew members including 4 teenaged students died when the submarine USS Greeneville struck and sank the Japanese fishing school boat Ehime-Maru (2001).

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