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Roman Emperor Arcadius married Aelia Eudoxia today (395). Also, Julius II issued a papal interdict for the state of Venice (1509), 4 courtiers of rivals Henry III and Henry, Duke of Guise were killed in the Duel of the Mignons (1578), blind and penniless, John Milton sold the copyright for Paradise Lost for Β£10 (1667), George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks premiered in London (1749), U.S. Marines attacked the city of Derba in the First Barbary war, remembered in the Marine Corps Hymn by the line “to the shores of Tripoli” (1805), Ludwig van Beethoven composed FΓΌr Elise (1810), Sarah Barry, the wife of architect Charles Barry, laid the cornerstone for London’s new Palace of Westminster (1840), President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeus corpus (1861), the New York Senate founded Cornell University as the state’s land grant university, on the same day 1700 of 2400 passengers died as the SS Sultana exploded and sank in the Mississippi River (1865), Australia’s Chris Watson became the world’s first prime minister elected by a labor party (1904), the United Auto Workers gained autonomy from the American Federation of Labor (1936), Togo gained independence (1960), as did Sierra Leone (1961), Expo 67 opened in MontrΓ©al, Canada (1967), 38 people died as an Aviateca Convair 240 crashed near Guatemala City (1977), Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse (1981), the city of Prypiat and the surrounding areas were evacuated following the Chernobyl disaster (1986), Betty Boothroyd became the first woman elected as Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons (1992), 30 passengers including the entire Zambian national soccer team died when their airplane crashed en route to a World Cup qualifying match with Senegal (1993), South Africa’s Interim Constitution took effect and black South Africans voted for the first time in a general election (1994), NASA received the last telemetry from Pioneer 10 (2002), work began on New York City’s Freedom Tower (2006), and Estonian authorities took down the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn, a Soviet World War II memorial (2007). And 324 people died as a single-day record 292 tornadoes swept across 16 U.S. states (2011).

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