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Clement V excommunicated and banned trade with the city of Venice today (1309). Also, John XXII issued In Agro Dominico, condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heresy (1329), Juan Ponce de León reached the Bahamas his first voyage to Florida (1513), Congress established a permanent U.S. Navy (1794), Hugh McGary Jr. founded what is now Evansville, Indiana (1812), a volunteer battalion led by John Savage became the first confirmed Europeans to see Yosemite Valley, at what is now Old Inspiration Point (1851), Scotland defeated England in the first international rugby match (1871), 56 people were killed over four days as the Cincinnati Courthouse Riots erupted after a jury returned a verdict of manslaughter rather than first-degree murder (1884), Geronimo surrendered, ending the Apache Wars (1886), 76 people died when a tornado struck Louisville, Kentucky (1890), 312 people died when a fire swept through a barn dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary (1910), “Typhoid Mary” Mallon was quarantined for life (1915), Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union (1958), Richard Beeching issued a report, dubbed Beeching’s Axe, calling for severe cuts to the British rail network (1963), 125 people died as the magnitude 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska (1964), work began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (1975), 583 people died when two Boeing 747s collided on a runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the most deadly aviation accident in history (1977), 123 crew members died when the Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapsed in the North Sea, on the same day silver prices plummeted as Nelson and William Hunt attempted to corner the market (1980), 12 million Poles walked off their jobs for four hours in the warning strike that began the Solidarity Movement (1981), the U.S. began broadcasting TV Marti to Cuba (1990), Jiang Zemin became the President of China, on the same day a Palermo tribunal accused Italian party leader Giulio Andreotti of having ties to the mafia (1993), the FDA approved Viagra for treating male impotence (1998), 71 people died in an explosion at the Phillips Petroleum Plant in Pasadena, Texas (2000), and 29 people were killed by a suicide bomber at the Passover Massacre in Netanya, Israel, on the same day 8 town councilors were killed by a gunman in Nanterre, France (2002), 99 people died when Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, burst through its dam, on the same day 48 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a mosque in Pakistan’s Kyber region (2009), the Philippine government reached a peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict (2014), and at least 20 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Makka al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia (2015). And 75 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan (2016).

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