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Judas Maccabaeus rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, now commemorated by the festival of Hannukah, today (164 BCE). Also, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent floated over Paris in the first untethered hot-air balloon flight (1783), North Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution and became our 12th state (1789), Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph (1877), the Philadelphia Football Athletics defeated Elmira, New York’s Kanaweola Athletic Club 39-0 in professional football’s first night game (1902), Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein’s “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” leading to his famous formula E=mc² (1905), the Republic of Estonia adopted her flag (1918), Georgia’s Rebecca Latimer Felton was sworn in as the first female U.S. Senator (1922), 6 striking miners were killed when police and/or mine guards opened fire with machine guns at the Columbine Mine in Serene, Colorado (1927), the British Natural History Museum announced that the “Piltdown Man” skull was a hoax (1953), the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened, on the same day the Second Vatican Council ended (1964), President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato signed an agreement to return Okinawa to Japanese control, on the same day the first permanent ARPANET link was established between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute (1969), South Korean voters approved the constitution that established their Fourth Republic (1972), 21 people were killed as bombs exploded in two pubs in Birmingham, England (1974), New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announced that the nation would have two equal national anthems, “God Save the Queen” and “God Defend New Zealand” (1977), 87 people died when a fire swept through the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, now Bally’s Las Vegas (1980), U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was arrested for passing classified information to Israel (1985), Oliver North and his secretary Fawn Hall began shredding documents linking them to the Iran-Contra Scandal (1986), the Dayton Peace Agreement ended three years of fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995), 33 people died when a gas leak exploded at the Humberto Vidal shoe store in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico (1966), incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko won the second round runoff election for President of the Ukraine, although the Ukrainian Supreme Court voided the result and ordered a re-vote in December, on the same day the Paris Club agreed to write off 80% of Iraq’s external debt (2004), Lebanese Phalange Party MP and vocal Syrian critic Pierre Armine Gemayel was assassinated in Beirut (2006), 108 miners died in an explosion at the Xinxing coal mine in Heilongjiang, China (2009), 54 people died when a supermarket roof collapsed in Riga, Latvia (2013), and 11 people died in a stampede after police fired tear gas during a religious service at a stadium in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe (2014). And the Belgian government announced a four-day lockdown of Brussels due to warnings of imminent terrorist attacks (2015).

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