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Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI conquered Palermo, Sicily today (1194). Also, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (1789), an 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Nantucket whaler Essex in the south Pacific, inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1820), 28 miners died in a fire at Telluride, Colorado (1901), Francisco Madero’s Plan de San Luis Potosi launched the Mexican Revolution (1910), the Nuremberg Trials began (1945), then-Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten at London’s Westminster Abbey (1947), President John Kennedy ended the blockade of Cuba after the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw nuclear missiles from the island (1962), 78 miners died in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia (1968), the Cleveland Plain Dealer published the first explicit photos of the My Lai Massacre (1969), the Department of Justice filed the anti-trust suit that led to the breakup of AT&T (1974), President Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian leader to visit Israel, meeting with Prime Minister Menachem Begin before addressing the Knesset in Jerusalem (1977), 200 Sunni Muslims seized 6000 hostages during the Hajj pilgrimage at Mecca’s Grand Mosque (1979), Lake Peigneur drained into the Jefferson Island salt mine after a misplaced oil drilling rig struck the mine’s roof (1980), the General Union of Ecuadorian Workers was founded (1982), Microsoft released Windows 1.0 (1983), a fire at the Windsor Castle caused over £50 million in damage (1992), the signing of the Lusaka Protocol ended the 19-year Angolan Civil War (1994), the first module of the International Space Station was launched (1998), President George W. Bush dedicated the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, renaming the DOJ headquarters on what would have been former Attorney General Kennedy’s 76th birthday (2001), and 30 people were killed as truck bombs destroyed the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS the British consulate in Istanbul, five days after similar bombs killed 27 people and destroyed Istanbul’s Bet Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues (2003), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit its lowest level since 1997 (2008). And 20 hostages were killed when terrorists attacked the Radison Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali (2015).

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