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Constantius II ordered the closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire today (356). Also, more than 1500 people died when Peru’s stratovolcano Huaynaputina began the most violent eruption in South America’s recorded history (1600), the Treaty of Westminster ended the Third Anglo-Dutch War and transferred New Amsterdam to Britain, who renamed it New York (1675), former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested for treason, although he was later acquitted (1807), William Smith found the South Shetland Islands (1819), Rep. Daniel Sickles of New York was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity, the first time that defense was used in the U.S. (1859), Alexander II abolished serfdom in Russia (1861), Thomas Edison patented the phonograph (1878), at least 178 and as many as 1200 people died as the Enigma Outbreak spawned over 60 tornadoes across the southeastern U.S. (1884), Ezra Pound received the first Bollingen Prize in poetry (1949), Cyprus gained independence (1959), Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique was published (1963), President Gerald Ford rescinded the World War II-era order that had authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans (1976), Egyptian commandos attempted to storm Larnaca International Airport while the government of Cyprus were negotiating to end a hijacking standoff, leading to a firefight between Cypriot forces and the Egyptians (1978), 148 passengers and crew died when Iberia Airlines Flight 610 crashed into a television tower atop Mount Oiz (1985), the museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated (2001), NASA’s Mars Odyssey began to map the Red Planet’s surface (2002), 65 coal miners died in a methane explosion near Nueva Rosita, Mexico (2006), and the Belitung Shipwreck Exhibition, including the largest collection of Tang Dynasty artifacts, opened in Singapore (2011). And 44 prisoners were killed as rival drug cartels fought at the Apodaca Prison in Nuevo León, Mexico (2012).

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