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England’s Richard I married Berengaria of Navarre today (1191). Also, Kraków’s Jagiellonian University, the oldest in Poland, was founded (1364), as was Lima, Peru’s National University of San Marcos, the oldest in the Americas (1551), Austria’s Maria Theresa, the only female Habsburg ruler and mother of Napoleon’s wife Marie Antoinette, added Bohemia to her dominion (1743), Greeks fighting for independence won their first decisive victory against the Ottoman Empire at Valtetsi (1821), Victoria gave royal assent to the Manitoba Act that would add Canada’s 5th province later that year (1870), British trade unions ended a 9-day general strike, on the same day the Italian-built airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole (1926), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933), George VI and Queen Consort Elizabeth were crowned at Westminster Abbey (1937), Konrad Zuse demonstrated the Z3, the first programmable computer, in Berlin (1941), the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, on the same day the U.S., France, and Britain approved the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (1949), the Soviet probe Luna 5 crashed on the Moon (1965), security guards disarmed and restrained a would-be assassin as John Paul II visited the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal (1982), NBC’s new peacock logo premiered at the network’s 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986), 4 people died as a freight train derailed in San Bernadino, California (1989), 4 students were killed as Indonesian soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters at Jakarta’s Trisakti University (1998), former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Havana for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro (2002), 39 people died as bombs exploded at three western compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2003), 150 people were killed in six days of attacks on police stations in São Paulo, Brazil (2006), 50 people died as rioting erupted in Karachi, Pakistan (2007), 69,000 people died as a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck Sichuan, China, on the same day U.S. immigration officials arrested 400 undocumented workers and low-level managers in a raid on a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa (2008), and 8 people died when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, on the same day 218 people died when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal (2015). And a ransomware attack struck 400,000 computers worldwide, including Britain’s National Health Services and Spain’s Telefónica computers (2017).


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