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The fall of China’s Han Dynasty began the period of the Three Kingdoms today (220). Also, Muhammad conquered Mecca (630), an English lancer killed Llywelyn the Last, the last native Prince of Wales (1282), England’s James II abdicated by throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the Thames (1688), the North Carolina General Assembly chartered the University of North Carolina (1789), Indiana became our 19th state (1816), fire swept through the New Zealand Parliament Buildings (1907), Pius XI issued the Quas Primas introducing the Feast of Christ the King (1925), the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster recognizing legislative equality between the United Kingdom and the self-governing dominions of the British Commonwealth (1931), England’s Edward VIII abdicated to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson (1936), the United Nations established their International Children’s Emergency Fund, better known as UNICEF (1946), the Republic of Upper Volta and Republic of Dahomey, now Benin, gained independence within the French Community (1958), Che Guevara addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York (1964), Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt landed on the Moon in Apollo 17’s Lunar Module Challenger, the last humans to do so (1972), Jimmy Burke and his Lucchese mafia crew committed the Lufthansa Heist depicted in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas (1978), Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act better known as Superfund (1980), 900 civilians in the village of El Mozote were killed by the Salvadoran military (1981), 48 people died when a block of the Highland Towers collapsed near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa (1993), the Kyoto Protocol opened for signature (1997), China joined the World Trade Organization (2001), a series fuel-air explosions heard as far as the Netherlands destroyed the the Buncefield Oil Depot near Hemel Hempstead, England (2005), a federal crackdown called Operation Michoacán began the Mexican Drug War (2006), 45 people were killed when two car bombs exploded in Algiers, Algeria (2007), Bernie Madoff was arrested on securities fraud charges related to his $50 billion Ponzi scheme (2008), and at least 8 people were killed in a still-disputed attack on the Alawite village of Aqrab, Syria (2012). And Detroit emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history (2014).

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