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Yazdegerd III, the last ruler of the Sasanian Dynasty in what is now Iran, was crowned today (632). Also, Mary Queen of Scots recognized Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor (1586), James Harrod founded Harrodsburg, Kentucky (1774), Spain declared war on Britain and began the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779), Lord Byron read Fantasmagoriana to houseguests Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, challenging each to write a ghost story, leading to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s The Vampyre, and Byron’s Darkness (1816), the Chartist Movement began with the formation of the London Working Men’s Association (1836), Pius IX was elected, beginning the longest reign in the history of the papacy (1846), Abraham Lincoln gave his “House Divided” speech in Springfield, Illinois (1858), the University Tests Act ended religious tests, except for theology students, at Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham (1871), 183 children died in a stampede after a variety show at the Victoria Hall in Sunderland, England (1883), LaMarcus Adna Thompson’s “Switchback Railway,” the first roller coaster, opened at New York’s Coney Island park (1884), Henry Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company, on the same day Roald Amundsen left Oslo on the first successful east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage (1903), James Joyce and Nora Barnacle went out on their first date, marked by Joyce fans as “Bloomsday” (1904), the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, now IBM, was founded (1911), as was the British Women’s Institute (1915), classes began at Taiwan’s Whampoa Military Academy, then in China (1924), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act (1933), 14-year-old George Stinney was executed in South Carolina (1944), 364 people were killed as rogue Argentine Navy pilots bombed a rally for President Juan Perón in Buenos Aires (1955), Hungarian Uprising leaders Imre Nagy and Pál Maléter were executed on the orders of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (1958), Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union (1961), Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6 (1963), the Monterey Pop Festival began (1967), Canada’s Churchill Falls Generating Station opened as the world’s largest single-site hydroelectric plant (1972), 15,000 students marched in Soweto, South Africa (1976), Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates founded Software Development Laboratories, now the Oracle Corporation (1977), President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to former Canadian Ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor for aiding in the escape of six Americans from Tehran, memorialized in the film Argo (1981), Imre Nagy was reburied in Budapest following the collapse of communism in Hungary (1989), Bhutan banned tobacco nationwide (2010), and China launched Shenzhou 9 with a crew of three including Liu Yang, the first female Chinese astronaut, on the same day the U.S. Air Force’s robotic Boeing X-37B space plane landed after a 469-day classified mission (2012). And 5748 people died when days of rain triggered floods in northern India (2013).


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