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Fulfilling his vow at the Battle of Pharsalus, Julius Caesar dedicated Rome’s Temple of Venus Genetrix today (46 BCE). Also, the Golden Bull of Sicily confirmed the Přemyslid dynasty’s hereditary royal title in Bohemia (1212), Alexander VI’s papal bull Dudum siquidem extended his grant of “undiscovered” lands to the Catholic monarchs of Castille and Aragon (1493), Francis Drake finished his round-the-world voyage (1580), British troops occupied Philadelphia, forcing George Washington’s army to set up camp at Valley Forge (1777), Sweden’s Riksdag of the Estates adopted a new Act of Succession, making French Marshall Jean Baptiste Bernadotte heir to the throne (1810), the first Shriner’s Temple, called Mecca, was founded in New York City (1872), New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions within the British Empire (1907), the Chicago Cubs’ Ed Reulbach pitched two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers, a feat never equaled before or since in Major League Baseball (1908), President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Trade Commission Act (1914), George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes shouted “Don’t shoot G-men!” as he surrendered to the FBI, causing that general term for government investigators to become a nickname for FBI agents (1933), the RMS Queen Mary was launched (1934), Richard Nixon and John Kennedy took part in the first televised presidential debate (1960), downed power lines sparked the Laguna Fire that would kill 8 people and burn 175,425 acres of San Diego County in just 24 hours (1970), Nolan Ryan pitched his Major League Record fifth no-hitter (1981), Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averted nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike (1983), a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Anifo, Italy killed 11 people and caused part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse (1997), over 1000 people died as the Senegalese ferry MV Le Joola capsized off the coast of the Gambia (2002), and 710 people died as Category 2 Typhoon Ketsana made landfall in Vietnam and swept on into China, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand (2009). And 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared and have been presumed dead after being kidnapped by a drug gang in Iguala, Mexico (2014).

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