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Norway pawned Orkney and Shetland to Scotland as security for the dowry of Margaret of Denmark today (1472). Also, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act establishing the U.S. Post Office Department (1792), Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville premiered (1816), at least 50 people died as a magnitude 8.2 earthquake devastated Concepción, Chile (1835), a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores ended the six-month Uruguayan War and set the stage for the devastating, six-year Paraguayan War (1865), New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened (1872), the University of California opened its first medical school, in San Francisco (1873), Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake premiered (1877), the French journal Le Figaro published the Futurist Manifesto (1909), King O’Malley placed the first survey peg to begin work on the construction of Canberra, Australia (1913), Congress approved construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (1931), and proposed the Twenty-First Amendment to end Prohibition (1933), Caroline Mikkelsen became the first woman to reach Antarctica (1935), The Saturday Evening Post published the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms illustrations, based on President Franklin Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address two years earlier (1943), Emmett Ashford was authorized as a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League, the first black umpire in a traditionally white professional baseball league (1952), Congress made the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy a permanent service academy (1956), John Glenn orbited the Earth aboard Friendship 7 (1962), a nationwide alert was raised when the Emergency Broadcast System accidentally activated (1971), the Soviet Union launched the Mir space station (1986), protesters toppled a statue of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha (1991), 15-year-old figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest-ever Winter Olympic gold medalist (1998), 100 people died as a fire swept through the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island (2003), Spanish voters approved the proposed Constitution of the European Union (2005), 43 people died as heavy rains triggered mudslides on Madeira Island, Portugal (2010), astronomers found Kepler-37b, the smallest extra-solar planet yet discovered (2013), and at least 21 people were killed as snipers fired on Euromaidan protesters in Kiev, Ukraine (2014). And 6 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at an apartment complex, a car dealership, and outside a restaurant in Kalamazoo County, Michigan (2016).


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