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Reccared I summoned the Third Council of Toledo today (589). Also, Hernando de Soto reached what he called the Río de Espíritu Santo, now the Mississippi River (1541), at least 52 people died when a passenger train derailed and burned near Paris (1842), Richmond, Virginia was named the capital of the Confederate States of America (1861), the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened (1877), John Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola as a patent medicine (1886), the Italian soccer league system began play (1898), the Australian Labour Party was founded (1901), at least 30,000 people died as Martinique’s Mount Pelée erupted and engulfed the town of Saint-Pierre in pyroclastic flows (1902), Paramount Pictures was founded (1912), Edward Honey proposed a moment of silence to commemorate the armistice that ended World War I, now Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and Veterans Day in the U.S. (1919), the signing of the Klaipėda Convention formally incorporated the Memel Territory into Lithuania (1924), Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast to protest British rule in India (1933), World War II ended in Europe with the surrender of Nazi Germany, sparking riots in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Sétif, Algeria (1945), Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blew up the Soviet War Memorial in front of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn (1946), the Philippine province of Davao was split into Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental (1967), construction workers attacked Vietnam War protesters on Wall Street in the Hard Hat Riot (1970), American Indian Movement members at Wounded Knee, South Dakota surrendered after a 71-day standoff (1973), Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen (1978), the World Health Organization certified the eradication of smallpox (1980), the Soviet Union announced its athletes would boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, on the same day London’s Thames Barrier opened, and the same day 3 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the Quebec National Assembly (1984), and a fire at Illinois Bell’s Hinsdale Central Office triggered a massive telephone outage on Mothers Day (1988). And 35 people died when China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashed while trying to land in a thunderstorm at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (1997).

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