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Legend holds that Venice was founded at noon, today (421). Also, Byzantine Emperor Theodosius III, his son captured by rebelling generals, abdicated and agreed that he and his freed son would enter the clergy (717), Richard the Lionheart was mortally wounded by a crossbow bolt (1199), Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland (1306), the Council of Pisa opened (1409), Alonso Díaz Moreno founded the city of Valencia, Venezuela (1555), Walter Raleigh received a patent to colonize Virginia (1584), English colonists, sent by Lord Baltimore, arrived in Maryland (1634), Christiaan Huygens discovered Saturn’s moon Titan (1655), George III signed the Slave Trade Act, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, on the same day the Oystermouth Railway, later the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, opened with the world’s first passenger rail service (1807), Oxford University expelled Percy Bysshe Shelley for publishing The Necessity of Atheism (1811), the Greek War of Independence officially began, although sporadic fighting started over a month before (1821), the protesters of Coxey’s Army left Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C. (1894), 146 workers died as fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City (1911), the Georgian Orthodox Church regained autocephaly after 106 years of Russian Orthodox synodic rule (1917), the Scottsboro Boys were arrested and charged with rape in Alabama (1931), 111 miners died in an explosion at Centralia, Illinois (1947), the first successful tornado forecast predicted a strike at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma (1948), Operation Priboi began in the Baltic States, with over 92,000 Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians deported over the coming months to remote parts of the Soviet Union (1949), U.S. Customs officials seized copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” on grounds of obscenity, on the same day West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg formed the European Economic Community (1957), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the steps of the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama, where he delivered his “How Long? Not Long!” sermon, hours before voting rights supporter Viola Liuzzo was murdered by the KKK while ferrying marchers back to Selma (1965), John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (1969), King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was assassinated by his nephew in Riyadh (1975), Catholic dissidents staged the anti-communist Candle Demonstration in Bratislava (1988), 87 people died when fire swept through the Happy Land nightclub in New York City (1990), the Pakistani national cricket team won their first World Cup championship (1992), Ward Cunningham opened the WikiWikiWeb, the first online Wiki, as part of the Portland Pattern Repository (1995), and the Montana Freemen began an 81-day standoff with FBI agents serving fraud charges, on the same day the European Union’s Veterinarian Committee banned the export of British beef due to mad cow disease (1996). And 6 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a party in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, on the same day Belarus opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin was among several protesters arrested in a clash with riot police after the rigged presidential election (2006).

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