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The English Peasants’ Revolt reached Blackheath today (1381). Also, a Burgundian insurrection swept Paris (1418), England set up a municipal government in New York City (1665), Thomas Gage declared marshal law in Massachusetts, with an offer to pardon rebelling colonists except for Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were to be hanged upon capture (1775), the Fifth Virginia Convention adopted the Declaration of Rights (1776), the State Bank of the Russian Empire was founded (1860), 80 people died when cars detached from a stalled train coasted downhill and collided with a following train near Armagh, Northern Ireland (1889), the Philippines declared independence from Spain (1898), 117 people died as an EF-5 tornado struck New Richmond, Wisconsin (1899), Paramount Pictures began shooting Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film in three-strip Technicolor, on the same day the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York (1939), 13-year-old Anne Frank was given a diary for her birthday (1942), Pius XII canonized Dominic Savio, who died at 14, making him the youngest non-martyred Roman Catholic saint (1954), civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi (1963), Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in South Africa (1964), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Soviet Union launched Venera 4, the first probe to return data from the atmosphere of another planet (1967), Popeyes chicken was founded in Arabi, Louisiana (1972), New York City’s “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz was sentenced to 365 years in prison (1978), Bryan Allen won the second Kremer Prize after crossing the English Channel in the human-powered Gossamer Albatross (1979), the Central African Republic’s former Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa was sentenced to death for atrocities committed during his 13-year reign, on the same day President Ronald Reagan spoke in Berlin and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” (1987), the parliament of the Russian Federation declared its sovereignty, now celebrated as Russia Day (1990), Boris Yeltsin was elected the first President of Russia, on the same day 152 Tamils were massacred by the Sri Lankan Army in Kokkadichcholai (1991), Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her Los Angeles home (1994), a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overturned key parts of the newly enacted Communications Decency Act in ACLU v. Reno (1996), Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London (1997), a disputed presidential election sparked the Iranian Green Movement protests (2009), 49 people were killed when a gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida (2016), and after 17 months in a North Korean prison, comatose student Otto Warmbier was returned to the U.S., where he died four days later (2017). And the God-King staged a photo op with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore (2018).


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