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The Praetorian Guard revolted, assassinating Roman Emperor Elagabalus and his mother Julia Soaemias and throwing their bodies in the Tiber, today (222). Also, The Daily Courant premiered as England’s first daily newspaper (1702), Anne withheld royal assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoed an act of Parliament (1708), the Treaty of Mangalore ended the Second Anglo-Mysore War (1784), the U.S. War Department established the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1824), Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin were elected Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada, the first government responsible to the Canadian Parliament rather than to the British Governor-General (1848), Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto premiered (1851), 238 people died in the Great Sheffield Flood after the Dale Dyke Dam broke near Sheffield, England (1864), Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos premiered (1867), construction began on the Seven Sisters Colliery in South Wales (1872), the Ryukyu Kingdom ended with the abdication of Shō Tai on orders from Tokyo (1879), 400 people would die over 4 days, including 200 in New York City alone, as the Great Blizzard struck the northeastern U.S. (1888), Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened New York City’s Roxy Theatre (1927), the ambassadors from Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan joined the negotiations that led to the release of 130 hostages, ending the Hanafi Siege of three buildings in Washington, D.C. (1977), 48 people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Highway (1978), Lithuania declared independence, on the same day Patricio Aylwin was inaugurated as Chile’s first democratically-elected president in two decades (1990), the Senate confirmed Janet Reno to be the first female U.S. Attorney General (1993), Infosys became the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ exchange (1999), 191 people were killed as 10 bombs exploded aboard 4 commuter trains during Madrid’s morning rush hour (2004), Michelle Bachelet was inaugurated as first female president of Chile (2006), 13 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a school in Winnenden, Germany, and 3 more including the gunman died in his shootout with police in the nearby town of Wendlingen (2009), 1 person died as a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Pichilemu, Chile during the inauguration of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in Santiago (2010), 15,884 people died as a magnitude 9 earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku triggered a massive tsunami that also flooded the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (2011), 16 civilians were murdered by U.S. Army staff sergeant in the Panjwayi District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan (2012), and Russia annexed the Crimea, escalating the conflict with Ukraine (2014). And at least 21 people died when heavy rains triggered floods and a mudslide in São Paulo, Brazil (2016).
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