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Austria’s Leopold V arrested and imprisoned England’s Richard I in Vienna today (1192). Also, the Louisiana Purchase was completed (1803), South Carolina seceded from the U.S. (1860), Adolf Hitler was pardoned and released from prison after his conviction for treason in leading the Beer Hall Putsch (1924), Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City (1946), the Experimental Breeder Reactor I in Arco, Idaho generated the first nuclear-powered electricity (1951), Minister for Welsh Affairs Gwilym Lloyd-George proclaimed Cardiff the capital of Wales (1955), Spanish Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco, considered the heir apparent to dictator Francisco Franco, was assassinated in Madrid (1973), a train carrying over 260,000 gallons of gasoline ignited in England’s Summit Tunnel Fire (1984), an estimated 4386 people died as the passenger ferry Doña Paz collided with an oil tanker and sank in the Philippines’ Tablas Strait, the deadliest maritime accident in history (1987), the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was signed in Vienna (1988), the U.S. invaded Panama to capture Manuel Noriega (1989), Paul Keating was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia (1991), NeXT merged with Apple Computer (1996), Portugal transferred Macau to China (1999), still-unidentified thieves stole £26.5 million in cash from the Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland (2004), Albania’s Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës was founded (2005), and Elizabeth II passed Victoria to become Britain’s oldest-ever monarch, on the same day three men stole Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Suzanne Bloch and Candido Portinari’s O Lavrador de Café from Brazil’s São Paulo Museum of Art (2007). And China launched Bolivia’s Túpac Katari 1 telecommunications satellite (2013).

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