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Sigismund of Luxembourg, the King of Hungary, founded the Order of the Dragon today (1408). Also, Pennsylvania ratified the U.S. Constitution (1787), South Carolina’s Joseph Rainey became the first black man to serve in the U.S. House (1870), Belo Horizonte was founded as the first planned city in Brazil (1897), Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1901), the capital of India moved from Kolkata to Delhi (1911), Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Nebraska (1917), the Flag of Estonia was raised for the first time (1918), Heinrich Himmler founded Nazi Germany’s Lebensborn Project (1935), fires killed 100 people at a St. Johns, Newfoundland hostel (1942) and 37 people in a tenement near a New York City ice plant (1946), Paula Ackerman became the first full-time female rabbi in the U.S. (1950), Kenya gained independence (1963) and Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta became the first President of Kenya (1964), 256 people including 236 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division died when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland (1985), 35 people died when three commuter trains collided outside London’s Clapham Junction railway station (1988), the Russian Federation gained independence (1991), and the U.S. Supreme Court ended Florida’s election recount in Bush v. Gore (2000). And North Korea launched the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 surveillance satellite (2012).

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