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China’s Ming Dynasty began with the coronation of Zhu Yuanzhang today (1368). Also, as many as 830,000 people died as the magnitude 8.0 Shaanxi Earthquake, the deadliest in history, struck central China (1556), the Royal Exchange opened in London (1571), Blaise Pascal published the first of his Lettres provinciales (1656), the Principality of Liechtenstein was established (1719), Georgetown College, now Georgetown University, was founded (1789), Elizabeth Blackwell received her M.D. at New York’s Geneva Medical College, making her the first female doctor in the U.S. (1849), Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue Bridge was completed as the first bridge across the Mississippi River (1855), Elva Zona Heaster was found dead in Greenbriar County, West Virginia, where she would become the only known case of a ghost giving evidence in a U.S. murder trial (1897), the Malolos Constitution established the First Philippine Republic, with Emilio Aguinaldo inaugurated as the nation’s first president (1899), the International Opium Convention was signed at The Hague (1912), in testimony to Congress, Charles Lindbergh recommended a neutrality pact with Nazi Germany (1941), Duke Ellington performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the first time (1943), the Knesset passed a resolution declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel (1950), Walter Morrison sold the rights for his flying disk to the Wham-O toy company, who later renamed it the Frisbee (1957), civil unrest sparked a military coup d’état that deposed Venezuelan President Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1958), the bathyscaphe USS Trieste set a new depth record, diving to 35,797 feet in the Pacific Ocean (1960), opponents of Portugal’s Estado Novo regime hijacked the cruise ship Santa Maria and called for the overthrow of dictator António de Oliveira Salazar (1961), the Twenty-fourth Amendment was ratified, prohibiting poll taxes in U.S. federal elections (1964), North Korea seized the USS Pueblo, claiming the surveillance vessel had entered territorial waters (1968), President Richard Nixon announced the Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War (1973), Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley became the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), Madeleine Albright became our first female Secretary of State (1997), and the FBI returned “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh to U.S. custody, on the same day Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan (2002). And NASA received the final signal from Pioneer 10 (2003).

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