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Ælfheah became the first martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, today (1012). Also, Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction that would permit his daughter Maria Theresa, not yet even conceived, to rule Austria and Habsburg lands in the absence of a male heir (1713), James Cook sighted Australia, on the same day Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette by proxy (1770), the Dutch Republic recognized the U.S. and John Adams’ house in The Hague became the first U.S. embassy (1782), a Venezuelan junta deposed Spanish colonial governor Vicente Emparán and established home rule (1810), the Treaty of London established the Kingdom of Belgium (1839), Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès, better known by his pen name Léo Taxil, revealed that his exposés on Freemasonry were a hoax (1897), Leslie Irvin made the first voluntary free fall jump with a self-contained parachute (1919), Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity over her play Sex (1927), Douglas MacArthur retired (1951), Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco (1956), Siaka Stevens was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, on the same day Vietnam Veterans Against the War began five-day the “Dewey Canyon III” protest in Washington, D.C., the same day the Soviet Union launched Salyut 1 as the first manned space station, and the same day Charles Manson was sentenced to death, later commuted to life in prison, for the Tate-LaBianca murders (1971), India launched her first satellite, Aryabhata (1975), Advance Australia Fair became Australia’s national anthem (1984), the FBI surrounded the Arkansas compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (1985), The Simpsons premiered as a short film on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987), 47 sailors died when a gun turret exploded aboard the U.S.S. Iowa (1989), 81 people died when a fire broke out during the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on the same day eight people including South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson died in a plane crash in Iowa (1985), 168 people died when a bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City (1995), 11 buildings were destroyed when the Red River Flood inundated Grand Forks, North Dakota (1997), the German Bundestag returned to Berlin (1999), and Fidel Castro resigned after 45 years on the Central Committee of Cuba’s Communist Party (2011). And suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Massachusetts (2013).
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