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Han Dynasty astronomers observed a sun spot today (28 BCE). Also, Amerigo Vespucci left Cádiz for his first voyage to the super-continent that would later bear his name, America (1497), Christopher Columbus visited the Cayman Islands, which he named Las Tortugas for the many turtles he saw (1503), Jacques Cartier landed at Newfoundland (1534), John Wilkes was imprisoned for his article in The North Briton criticizing George III (1768), the British Parliament passed the Tea Act (1773), Louis XV died and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette became King and Queen of France (1774), the Second Continental Congress was formed, on the same day troops led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured Fort Ticonderoga (1775), the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli declared war on the U.S. (1801), London’s National Gallery opened to the public (1824), 25 people died when an argument between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready erupted into a riot at Manhattan’s Astor Opera House (1849), Jefferson Davis was captured near Irwinville, Georgia (1865), the Equal Rights Party made Victoria Woodhull the first female nominee for President of the United States (1872), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Nix v. Hedden that the tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit (1893), Grafton, West Virginia celebrated the first Mother’s Day (1908), J. Edgar Hoover was named Director of the Bureau of Investigation, later the FBI, an office he would hold for 48 years (1924), Winston Churchill was named British Prime Minister, on the same day Germany invaded the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg as Britain invaded Iceland (1940), Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland, hoping to broker a peace between Britain and Germany (1941), the Taiwanese Assembly adopted the “temporary provisions” that would impose single-party rule and martial law for 43 years (1948), Bill Haley & His Comets released “Rock Around the Clock” (1954), The Incredible Hulk premiered in Marvel Comics (1962), Bobby Orr scored “The Goal” to give the Boston Bruins their fourth Stanley Cup championship (1970), the Federated States of Micronesia gained autonomy (1979), François Mitterrand became the first Socialist Party member to win election as President of France (1981), 188 workers died as a fire swept through the Kader Toy Factory in Thailand (1993), 1567 people died as a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Iran’s Birjand–Qayen region, on the same day Beatrix opened the Netherlands’ Maeslantkering storm surge barrier (1997), 21 people died as an F4 tornado struck along the Oklahoma-Kansas border (2008), and 55 people died when suicide bombers struck a military intelligence compound in Damascus, Syria (2012). And the completed spire set the height of the One World Trade Center at 1776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (2013).
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