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Canute IV, later the first Dane to be canonized, was crowned King of Denmark upon the death of his brother Harald III today (1080). Also, Iran’s 698-year Bavand Dynasty ended and the Afrasiyab Dynasty began with the murder of Hasan II by his brother-in-law, Kiya Afrasiyab (1349), Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales in the court of Richard II (1397), Ferdinand II of Aragon, Isabella I of Castile, and Christopher Columbus signed the Capitulations of Santa Fe, authorizing Columbus’ voyage in search of a new route to India (1492), Giovanni da Verrazzano reached New York harbor (1524), the 8-day, unsuccessful Veronese Easter revolt against French rule began (1797), the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the first Sino-Japanese War (1895), witnesses reported the crash of an unidentified flying object on a farm near Aurora, Texas (1897), the U.S. Supreme Court held that New York’s 10-hour workday and 60-hour work week for bakers violated a Fourteenth Amendment “right to free contract,” in Lochner v. New York (1905), immigration at Ellis Island peaked at 11,747 people in a single day (1907), Daffy Duck premiered in Porky’s Duck Hunt (1937), a 21-gun salute at midnight on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge celebrated the formal separation of the Republic of Ireland from the British Commonwealth (1949), the Peak District became Britain’s first National Park (1951), CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs (1961), Jerrie Mock became the first woman to complete a solo round-the-world flight (1964), the crew of Apollo 13 returned safely to Earth (1970), George Lucas began writing his treatment for Star Wars (1973), police constable Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed during a protest at the Libyan Embassy in London, prompting an 11-day siege by the Metropolitan Police (1984), the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ended without a single shot ever having been fired (1986), and 11 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in Tel Aviv (2006). And 15 people died when a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas (2013).

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