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The Council of Constance convened to discuss the Three Popes Controversy today (1414). Also, the Byzantine Empire ended with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman army of Sultan Mehmed II Fatih (1453), Charles II reclaimed the British crown (1660), Rhode Island, the last of the original colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution, became our 13th state (1790), Wisconsin became our 30th state (1848), the Diet of Hungary ratified “the Compromise” that established the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867), John Pemberton began advertising Coca-Cola in The Atlanta Journal (1886), a Parisian audience jeered the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring (1913), 1024 people died as the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (1914), Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin tested and later confirmed Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity (1919), Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers, and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (1942), Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest (1953), Tom Bradley was elected as Los Angeles’ first black mayor (1973), John Paul II became the first pope to visit the Canterbury Cathedral (1982), 39 people died when a wall in Brussels’ Heysel Stadium collapsed before a European Cup final match (1985), President Ronald Reagan arrived in Moscow to visit Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (1988), the Miss Sarajevo beauty pageant drew world attention to the war-torn city (1993), President Olusegun Obasanjo was elected as Nigeria’s first civilian head of state after 16 years of military rule (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a golf cart during PGA Tour events (2001), the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. (2004), 30 people were injured when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Iceland (2008), and 18 people died when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck northern Italy (2012). And Ignatius Aphrem II took the throne as Patriarch of Antioch, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church (2014).


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