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Juan Ponce de León spotted what is now Florida, today (1513). Also, the Coinage Act established the U.S. Mint (1792), Ludwig van Beethoven conducted the premiere of his First Symphony (1800), food shortages sparked the Richmond Bread Riot (1863), Ulysses Grant’s Union army broke the Siege of Petersburg, forcing Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet to flee Richmond (1865), Congress passed the Foraker Act giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule (1900), Los Angeles’ Electric Theatre opened as the first full-time movie theater (1902), the Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted that nation’s first census (1911), As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiered as half-hour soap operas on CBS (1956), Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. for the first time since he was labeled a communist during the 1950s Red Scare (1972), computerized legal research began with the launch of LexisNexis (1973), Toronto’s 1815-foot CN Tower was completed as the world’s tallest free-standing structure (1975), President Jimmy Carter signed the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act (1980), Alabama Gov. George Wallace announced that he would not seek a fifth term (1986), Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Havana to meet Cuban President Fidel Castro (1989), British Columbia’s Rita Johnson became Canada’s first female provincial premier (1991), “Teflon Don” John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering (1992), and the Siege of the Church of the Nativity began when Israeli troops surrounded armed Palestinians who had taken shelter in the historic Christian shrine (2002), 30 people died when 66 tornadoes struck Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee (2006), 7 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California (2012), and 4 people including the perpetrator were killed when a gunman opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas (2014). And 153 people including the five attackers were killed when terrorists took 700 students hostage at Kenya’s Garissa University College (2015).
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