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Helena of Constantinople found what many Christians believe is the True Cross and the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, today (326). Also, Harun al-Rashid became the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi, on the same night Harun’s son al-Ma’mun was born, an event remembered as the “Night of the Three Caliphs” (786), Hugh Ó Neill of Tír Eóghain, Rory Ó Donnell of Tír Chonaill and 90 followers left Ireland for mainland Europe in the “Flight of the Earls” (1607), Wales’ Bishop Gore School opened (1682), George Frideric Handel finished his oratorio Messiah (1741), the British Empire adopted the Gregorian Calendar (1752), the Treaty of Adrianople ended the Russo-Turkish War (1829), President William McKinley died 8 days after being shot and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt (1901), the Soviet probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon (1959), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, was founded (1960), Mobutu Sese Seko led a U.S.-backed coup d’état in the Congo, now Zaire, beginning his 32-year dictatorship (1965), Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint (1975), Afghani President Nur Muhammad Taraki was assassinated (1979), as was Lebanese President-elect Bachir Gemayel (1982), Malaysia’s Penang Bridge opened (1985), the Toronto Blue Jays hit a single-game record 10 home runs in an 18-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (1987), a strike canceled the Major League Baseball season (1994), the Body Worlds exhibition premiered in Japan (1995), MCI Communications and WorldCom completed their $37 billion merger (1998), Estonians voted to join the European Union (2003), the Northern Rock Bank experienced Britain’s first bank run in 150 years (2007), and 88 people died as Aeroflot Flight 821 crashed on approach at Perm International Airport in Russia (2008). And the LIGO and Virgo projects announced the first detection of gravitational waves, matching a prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity (2015).

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