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Thespis of Icaria took the stage as the first recorded actor to portray a character, today (534 BCE). Also, John Milton condemned censorship in his pamphlet Areopagitica (1644), Sarah Booth made her Royal Opera House debut (1810), the Manchester Martyrs were hanged for killing a police officer while trying to help two Irish nationalists escape from custody (1867), former Tammany Hall leader William “Boss” Tweed was returned to prison in New York after his escape and capture in Spain (1876), San Francisco’s Palais Royale Saloon installed the first jukebox (1889), William III died without a male heir, forcing the Netherlands to pass a special law so his daughter Wilhelmina could assume the throne (1890), the New York Times published Edwin Hubble’s findings that the Andromeda nebula was in fact another galaxy beyond our Milky Way (1924), Henry Luce relaunched Life as a weekly news magazine focused on photojournalism (1936), French President Charles de Gaulle delivered his Strasbourg speech envisioning a united Europe “from the Atlantic to the Urals” (1959), the BBC’s Doctor Who premiered (1963), delegates from the People’s Republic of China attended the UN General Assembly and Security Council for the first time (1971), 60 former government officials were executed in Addis Ababa, heralding the Red Terror and Ethiopian Civil War (1974), 3000 people died as a magnitude 6.89 earthquake struck Italy’s Irpina region (1980), President Ronald Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive 17, authorizing the CIA to recruit and train Contra rebels in Nicaragua (1981), the first all-female expedition to the South Pole set off with 3 Americans, 1 Japanese, and 12 Russians (1990), IBM’s Simon, the first smart phone, was introduced at the COMDEX convention in Las Vegas (1992), Rachel Whiteread won both the £20,000 Turner Prize for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation Award for the worst artist of the year (1993), the Convention on Cybercrime was signed in Budapest (2001), the Rose Revolution concluded with the resignation of Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze after weeks of mass protests over election irregularities (2003), the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi was consecrated (2004), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia, making her Africa’s first female head of state and government (2005), 215 people were killed in a series of bombings in Sadr City, Iraq (2006), all 154 passengers and crew were rescued when the cruise liner MS Explorer struck an iceberg and sank of the coast of Argentina (2007), 58 people were killed in the Philippine state of Manguindanao, when opposition party gunmen ambushed the wife and two sisters of Esmael Mangudadatu and dozens of journalists accompanying them to file his candidacy for governor (2009), and after 11 months of mass protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to transfer power to his vice president in exchange for legal immunity (2011). And Blue Origin’s New Shephard space vehicle became the first rocket to fly into space and return to Earth with a controlled, vertical landing (2015).
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