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One hundred forty-seven Swiss Guards died helping Clement VII escape to Castel Sant’Angelo as Spanish and German mutineers sacked Rome, an event regarded the end of the Roman Renaissance, today (1527). Henry VIII ordered English-language Bibles to be placed in all churches (1536), British troops removed Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector and reinstalled the Rump Parliament (1659), Louis XIV moved his court to the Palace of Versailles (1682), Konbaung troops captured Pegu, ending the 17-year Burmese Civil War (1757), construction began on Bangkok’s Grand Palace (1782), the provocative New York Herald premiered (1835), Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska (1877), Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), the Eiffel Tower opened to the public (1889), Britain’s Edward VII died and his son George V succeeded him (1910), 21 Lebanese nationalists were executed in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square (1916), the Nazi-led German Student Union stormed the feminist and pro-LGBT Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin and four days later would burn over 20,000 volumes from the institute’s library (1933), 36 people died as flames engulfed the Hindenburg as the zeppelin was landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey (1937), John Steinbeck received a Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Bob Hope performed his first USO show (1941), the EDSAC launched the era of stored-program computing (1949), Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile (1954), more than 20 million worldwide viewers watched as Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (1960), John XXIII canonized St. Martín de Porres (1962), Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were sentenced to life in prison for the Moors Murders (1966), 989 people died as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Friuli, Italy (1976), a unanimous jury of architects and sculptors selected Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1981), the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a hoax (1983), John Paul II canonized 103 Korean Martyrs in Seoul (1984), Elizabeth II and François Mitterrand officially opened the Channel Tunnel (1994), the body of former CIA director William Colby was found on a Maryland river bank, eight days after his disappearance (1996), the Bank of England was granted autonomy from political control for the first time in its 300-year history (1997), the Chicago Cubs’ Kerry Wood tied Roger Clemens’ single-game record with 20 strikeouts, in only his 5th career start (1998), the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held their first elections (1999), John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque, during his visit to Syria (2001), and Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina DeJesus were rescued from a Cleveland basement where they had been held for over a decade (2013). And 6 people were injured by a knife-wielding man in Guangzhou, China (2014).
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