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The Parliament of Scotland, but not those of England or Ireland, declared Charles II to be King of Great Britain today (1649). Also, France formally recognized U.S. independence with the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (1778), Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution (1788), New Jersey granted John Stevens a charter for the first U.S. railroad (1815), Thomas Stamford Raffles founded the city of Singapore (1819), the first 86 African-Americans left New York for the American Colonization Society-sponsored settlement in what is now Liberia (1820), the Treaty of Waitangi established the British colony of New Zealand (1840), the Virginia Minstrels, the first such show in the U.S., opened at New York City’s Bowery Amphitheatre (1843), the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War (1899), the Senate of the Netherlands ratified a peace treaty establishing the international arbitration court at The Hague (1900), British women over 30 were guaranteed the right to vote (1918), the five-day Seattle General Strike began (1919), the Washington Naval Treaty was signed (1922), Elizabeth II became queen upon the death of her father, George VI (1952), 8 Manchester United soccer players and 15 other passengers and crew died when slush on the runway caused their plane to crash during takeoff in Munich (1958), Jack Kilby filed the first patent for an integrated circuit (1959), Lockheed president Carl Kotchian admitted to a Senate committee that he had paid $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka (1976), 100 people died as a blizzard brought 65mph winds and 4″ of snow per hour to New England, New York, and New Jersey (1978), Mary Gaudron became the first woman appointed to serve on the High Court of Australia (1987), Micheal Jordon leaped from the free throw line to dunk a basketball, inspiring the Air Jordan and Jumpman logos (1988), heavy rains and melting snow combined to flood Oregon’s Willamette Valley (1996), Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport (1998), 51 people died when a magnitude 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines (2012), 10 people died when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands (2015), and 38 people died when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan (2016).

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