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Naser Khosrow began the 7-year pilgrimage described in his travelogue Safarnama today (1046). Also, Henry VII patented the exploratory voyages of John Cabot (1496), the Catholic Church banned Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1616), British troops killed five American protesters in what became known as the Boston Massacre (1770), the Britannia Bridge opened linking the Isle of Anglesey with mainland Wales (1850), Parma, Tuscany, Modena, and Romagna voted to join the Kingdom of Sardinia (1860), Arrigo Boito’s opera Mefistofele premiered (1868), George Westinghouse patented the air brake (1872), British Viceroy E.F.L. Wood and Indian National Congress leader Mohandas Gandhi signed the Gandhi–Irwin Pact (1931), President Franklin Roosevelt declared a “bank holiday” to halt a wave of bank runs, on the same day the Nazi Party won 288 seats in the German election that soon gave Chancellor Adolf Hitler absolute power (1933), Josef Stalin and the Soviet Politburo signed the order for the Kaytn Massacre of 22,000 captive Poles (1940), Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” in a speech at Missouri’s Westminster College (1946), Alberto Korda snapped his iconic photo of Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1960), 124 people died as BOAC Flight 911 crashed into Japan’s Mount Fuji (1966), the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty took effect (1970), the Homebrew Computer Club met for the first time (1975), the Soviet probes Venera 11 and Venera 12 and U.S. satellite Helios II recorded the gamma radiation spikes that led to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters, on the same day Voyager 1 passed within 172,000 miles of Jupiter (1979), Sinclair Research launched the ZX81 home computer in Britain (1981), the Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus (1982), 6000 miners began their strike at Britain’s Cortonwood Colliery (1984), Paul Okalik was elected the first Premier of the new Canadian territory of Nunavut (1999), and 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a bus in Haifa, Israel (2003), and a gunman killed his wife and another woman and wounded 6 others at a hair salon in Bucharest, Romania, on the same day Invisible Children launched their Stop Kony Campaign in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Uganda (2012). And Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, and Tomasz Kowalski completed the first winter ascent of Broad Peak, the world’s 12th tallest mountain, on the China-Pakistan border (2013).


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