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Skanderbeg led a group of Albanian nobles to form the League of Lezhë today (1444). Also, Richard III issued a royal charter for the College of Arms (1484), Vasco da Gama arrived at Mozambique (1498), Pedro del Castillo founded the city of Mendoza, Argentina (1561), an estimated 100,000 people died as fires swept over Edo, now Tokyo, for three days (1657), choreographer John Weaver and prima ballerina Hester Santlow introduced ballet to England with The Loves of Mars and Venus (1717), the Bank of England issued the first one- and two-pound banknotes (1797), Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves (1807), the Wernerian Natural History Society held their first meeting in Edinburgh (1808), the 350-year Kingdom of Kandy ended when the Kandyan Convention gave Britain sovereignty over Sri Lanka (1815), the Republic of Texas declared independence (1836), Congress passed the first Reconstruction Act (1867), declared Rutherford Hayes the President-elect, despite Samuel Tilden winning the popular vote (1877), and passed the Platt Amendment limiting Cuba’s sovereignty after the Spanish-American War (1901), New York City’s Women’s Hotel, later the Martha Washington Hotel, opened as the first women’s-only hotel (1903), President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, conferring U.S. citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico (1917), the movie King Kong premiered at New York’s Radio City Music Hall (1933), the Steel Workers Organizing Committee signed an agreement with U.S. Steel (1937), the College of Cardinals elected Eugenio Pacelli, who took the name Pius XII (1939), Ho Chi Minh was elected President of North Vietnam (1946), James Gallagher landed in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop, round-the-world flight, on the same day the first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, Connecticut (1947), Morocco gained independence (1956), Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA single-game record 100 points (1962), NASA launched Pioneer 10 to explore the outer planets (1972), Czech astronaut Vladimír Remek became the first non-Russian-or-American to fly into space, aboard Soyuz 28 (1978), CDs and CD players were introduced in the U.S. (1983), all 12 European Community nations agreed to ban the production of chlorofluorocarbons (1989), researchers at Fermilab announced their discovery of the top quark (1995), data from the Galileo spacecraft showed Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid water ocean beneath a crust of ice (1998), 178 people were killed as terrorists attacked Shi’a Muslims celebrating Ashura in Karbala and Baghdad, Iraq (2004), and 43 people died as 70 tornadoes swept across the South and into the Ohio Valley (2012). And the elements moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson – atomic numbers 115, 117, and 118, respectively – were officially added to the periodic table at a conference in Moscow (2017).

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