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Pope John VIII crowned Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Fat today (881). Also, Vasco de Gama set sail from Lisbon on his second voyage to India (1502), Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago, Chile (1541), Lady Jane Grey was beheaded (1554), James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia and its first city, Savannah (1773), a fire destroyed Naples’ Real Teatro di San Carlo, Europe’s oldest opera house (1816), Bernardo O’Higgins approved the Chilean Declaration of Independence (1818), Edward Hargraves announced his discovery of gold in Bathurst, New South Wales, setting off Australia’s first gold rush (1851), Michigan State University was founded (1855), as was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909), China’s last emperor, Aisin-Gioro Puyi, abdicated (1912), the cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid (1914), a South Carolina policeman beat and blinded Army veteran Isaac Woodard, inspiring Orson Welles’ A Touch of Evil and galvanizing the Civil Rights Movement (1946), the Soviet Union launched Venera 1 toward Venus (1961), construction began on St. Louis’ Gateway Arch (1963), the Soviet Union expelled Nobel Prize-winning novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974), Carmen Lawrence became Premier of Western Australia, the first female state premier in the nation’s history (1990), the Constitution of Mongolia took effect (1992), four men stole Edvard Munch’s The Scream from the National Gallery of Norway (1994), NEAR Shoemaker landed on 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid (2001), the war crimes and human rights violations trial of former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milošević began at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague (2002), under a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples (2004), and 50 people died when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York (2009). And Pope Francis met Patriarch Kirill at José Martí International Airport in Cuba, the first meeting between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox primate, where they signed the Havana Declaration (2016)

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