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Charles I dissolved England’s Parliament and began his 11-year Personal Rule today (1629). Also, France formally transferred the Louisiana Territory to the U.S. in a ceremony at St. Louis, Missouri (1804), King Louis Philippe formed the French Foreign Legion (1831), the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, formally ending the Mexican-American War (1848), Alexander Graham Bell had the first telephone conversation, with Thomas Watson (1876), Almon Strowger patented the switch that led to automatic telephone exchanges (1891), 1099 miners died in an explosion at the Courrières coal mine in northern France (1906), 120 people died as a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Long Beach, California (1933), 100,000 people were killed when the U.S. Army Air Corps firebombed Tokyo (1945), Fulgencio Batista seized power in a coup d’état in Cuba (1952), thousands of Tibetans surrounded the palace of the Dalai Lama to prevent his capture by Chinese agents (1959), James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1969), James Elliot, Edward Dunham, and Douglas Mink discovered Uranus’ rings (1977), the Irish Army Ranger Wing was formed (1980), the NASDAQ peaked at 5132.52, heralding the end of the Dot-Com Bubble (2000), Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee Hwa resigned (2005), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached the red planet (2006). And the Constitutional Court of South Korea upheld the December 2016 impeachment of Park Geun-hye, ending her four-year presidency (2017).

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Campus QuestionFlorida enacts gun control law; Michael Cohen used Trump Co. email for Stormy Daniels payoff; God-King wants deal with Mueller and “clean reset” to oust “handlers.” Which was Today’s Big Story?

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