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France’s 805-year Capetian Dynasty began with the crowning of Hugh Capet, today (987). Also, William the Conqueror became the Duke of Normandy (1035), Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City (1608), midshipman Robert Pitcairn spotted the island that now bears his name, on the same day the first edition of Norway’s Adresseavisen newspaper was published (1767), George Washington took command of the Continental Army (1775), the Bank of Savings, the first savings bank in the U.S., opened in New York City (1819), the Normal School in Lexington, Massachusetts opened as the first teachers’ college in the U.S., now Framingham State University (1839), Icelanders Jón Brandsson, Sigurður Ísleifsson, and Ketill Ketilsson killed the last pair of Great Auks and crushed the egg they were nesting (1844), Congress established the second U.S. Mint in San Francisco (1852), Pickett’s Charge decided the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average (1884), Karl Benz unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first purpose-built automobile, on the same day the New York Tribune became the world’s first newspaper to use a Linotype machine (1886), Idaho became our 43rd state (1890), Confederate and Union reenacting Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg shook hands at the Great Reunion (1913), the Mallard set the world speed record for a steam locomotive at 126mph, on the same day President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg (1938), Congress approved the Constitution of Puerto Rico (1952), the Algerian War of Independence ended (1962), President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive to provide secret aid for anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan (1979), 290 people were killed when the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, on the same day Istanbul’s Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge connecting Europe and Asia opened (1988), 46 people died in auto accidents in Texas, the deadliest traffic day in the state’s history (1994), the Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland (1996), and Spain recognized marriage equality (2005). And the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi amidst mass public protests over Muslim Brotherhood rule (2013).


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