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Bulgaria’s first emperor, Simeon I the Great, died today (927). Also, Capua’s Prince Richard III was crowned (1120), as were Scotland’s King Malcolm IV (1153), and England’s King John (1199), Russia’s Peter the Great founded the city of St. Petersburg (1703), the Great Hall of Euston Station opened in London (1844), Giuseppe Garibaldi began his attack on Palermo to include Sicily in the Italian Unification (1860), 255 people died when an F4 tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis (1896), the Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco (1907), the Ford Motor Company stopped making the Model T and began retooling to make the Model A (1927), the Chrysler Building opened in New York City (1930), President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Federal Securities Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission (1933), Disney’s cartoon Three Little Pigs was released, on the same day the Century of Progress World’s Fair opened in Chicago (1933), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States (1935), the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic (1937), a military coup d’état overthrew Turkish President Celal Bayar, Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, and their Democrat Party cabinet (1960), a trash burn at the Centralia, Pennsylvania dump ignited an underground coal seam fire that still burns today (1962), Australians voted to authorize their government to pass laws to benefit indigenous peoples and count them in the census (1967), Major League Baseball made the Montreal Expos their first non-U.S. franchise (1968), 46 people died when a passenger train and a freight train collided in Dahlerau, Germany (1971), 33 people died when a bus carrying senior citizens crashed off the Dibble’s Bridge in Hartlington, England (1975), 165 people were killed as South Korean troops suppressed the Gwangju Uprising (1980), 11 people died when an unlicensed fireworks factory exploded in Benton, Tennessee (1983), Chunsoft released Dragon Quest, which set the model for computer role-playing games (1986), Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after falling from his horse in a riding competition (1995), 28 people died as 20 tornadoes including an F5 swept central Texas (1997), 20 hostages were seized by the group Abu Sayyaf on the island resort of Palawan in the Philippines (2001), and 5782 people died as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the island of Java (2006), and 35 people died in a suicide bomb attack on the city police headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan (2009). And Barack Obama became the first President of the United States to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, where he met the Hibakusha, the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs (2016).
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