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Clement V ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the seizure of their assets with the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae today (1307). Also, Juan Fernández discovered the Pacific islands that bear his name (1574), British pirate Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard,” was killed off the coast of North Carolina (1718), William Lyon Mackenzie published his essay “To the People of Upper Canada” in his newspaper The Constitution, urging rebellion against British rule (1837), Denver, Colorado was founded (1858), the clipper Cutty Sark, one of the last built and the last still remaining, was launched in Dumbarton, Scotland (1869), the Congress of Manastir standardized the Albanian alphabet (1908), Maurice Ravel’s Boléro premiered (1928), transpacific mail and passenger service began as the China Clipper took off from Alameda, California for a week-long journey to Manila (1935), Lebanon gained independence from France (1943), the Humane Society of the United States was founded (1954), President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas (1963), the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 242 with guidelines for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement (1967), the Italian government disbanded the neo-Fascist Ordine Nuovo (1973), the UN General Assembly granted observer status to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (1974), Juan Carlos became King of Spain, two days after the death of Francisco Franco (1975), an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom hijacked the signals of two Chicago television stations (1987), Lebanese President René Moawad was assassinated in West Beirut (1989), Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher withdrew from the British Conservative Party leadership election, ending her 11-year premiership (1990), Pixar’s Toy Story was released as the first full-length animated film using completely computer-generated images (1995), over 200 people were killed in riots protesting the Miss World competition then scheduled to be held Nigeria (2002), protests over election irregularities sparked the Ukraine’s Orange Revolution (2004), Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany (2005), and a ceasefire ended eight days of fighting between Israeli and Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip (2012). And at least 116 people died and 100 were missing after a landslide near a jade mine in Hpakant, Myanmar (2015).

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