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Athens surrendered to Sparta, ending the Peloponnesian War today (404 BCE). Also, the Felician Charter included the first record of the Croatian city of Zagreb (1134), the Chongzhen Emperor committed suicide during a peasant revolt, ending the Ming Dynasty today (1644), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed La Marseillaise (1792), the Donner Party survivors were brought out of the wilderness (1847), Lord Elgin signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, sparking the Montréal Riots (1849), British and French engineers broke ground on the Suez Canal (1859), New York became the first state to require automobile license plates (1901), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins that federal courts may not create state common law (1938), the United Negro College Fund was incorporated (1944), representatives of 59 nations met in San Francisco to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (1945), Francis Crick and James Watson publish their article describing the double helix structure of DNA (1953), the St. Lawrence Seaway opened (1959), a teenage sniper killed 3 people and wounded 6 others on Highway 101 near Santa Maria, California (1965), a magnitude 7.5 earthquake leveled much of the city of Tashkent, now the capital of Uzbekistan (1966), the Carnation Revolution overthrew Portugal’s Estado Novo regime and established her modern democracy (1974), more than 100 workers were exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan (1981), Israel completed her withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula under the Camp David Accords (1982), Yuri Andropov invited 10-year-old peace activist Samantha Smith for an official visit to the Soviet Union on the same day Pioneer 10 traveled beyond Pluto’s orbit (1983), Violeta Chamorro became the first female President of Nicaragua (1990), the Human Genome Project was completed 2½ years earlier than expected (2003), the final piece of the Obelisk of Axum was returned to Ethiopia (2005), and Boris Yeltsin’s funeral was the first funeral for a Russian head of state since 1894 to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church (2007). And riots erupted in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, on the same day 8964 people died when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal (2015).


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