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The Egyptians under Thutmose III defeated the Canaanites under Kadesh at Megiddo, the first battle recorded in reliable detail, today (1457 BCE). Also, the Great Jewish Revolt ended with the mass suicide at Masada (73), the Revolt of the Comuneros began in Toledo, Spain (1520), Hernando de Lerma founded the city of Salta, Argentina (1582), the University of Münster was founded (1780), the Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the U.S.-Canadian border (1818), passenger rail service began in India with the opening of the Mumbai-Thane line (1853), Scotland’s Wernerian Natural History Society closed (1858), the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act ended slavery in our nation’s capital (1862), Dodge City’s Battle of the Plaza highlighted the efficacy of the Second Amendment (1881), Congress established Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument (1908), the Boston Arena opened and is now the oldest indoor hockey rink still in use (1910), Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel (1912), Mohandas Gandhi organized a day of prayer and fasting in response to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (1919), the Cleveland Indians’ Bob Feller threw Major League Baseball’s only opening day no-hitter (1941), at least 6000 German troops and civilians died when a Soviet submarine sank the refugee ship MV Goya (1945), 581 people including all but one of Texas City’s firefighters died when the Liberty ship Grandcamp exploded in the city’s port, on the same day Bernard Baruch coined the term “Cold War” to describe U.S.-Soviet tension (1947), Elizabeth II launched the royal yacht HMY Britannia (1953), Walter Cronkite became the anchor of the CBS Evening News (1962), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his Letter from the Birmingham Jail (1963), 60,000 tons of crude oil spilled into the Indian Ocean as the Katina P ran aground off the coast of Mozambique (1992), the Treaty of Accession admitted 10 new states to the European Union (2003), 32 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech (2007), no book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the first time in 35 years that no such award was given (2012), and 35 people died as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the border of Iran and Pakistan (2013). And 295 passengers and crew and 2 rescue divers died when the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank en route from Incheon to Jeju, South Korea (2014).
Yesterday on Campus
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Campus Question – On Union Meet Week Face Sunday: Sen. Joni Ernst says she’d be “uncomfortable” if ground troops are sent to Syria, but does anyone seriously think the God-King cares whether GOP leaders are “uncomfortable” or “concerned?”
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Happy Easter! ::hugggggs::