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Pompey the Great was assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt today (48 BCE). Also, Boleslaus I of Bohemia murdered his brother, Saint Wenceslaus (935), Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo arrived at what is now San Diego, California (1542), Samuel Huntington was elected to succeed John Jay as President of the Continental Congress (1779), Congress voted to send the new U.S. Constitution to the states for ratification (1787), French Jews were emancipated (1791), Toronto became the capital of Ontario (1867), Brazil’s Parliament passed the Law of the Free Womb that emancipated new children born to slaves (1871), the first General Conference on Weights and Measures established a scientific standard for the length of the meter (1889), the Wyoming Seminary and the Mansfield State Normal schools played the first night football game (1892), whites lynched a black man falsely accused of rape and and tried to lynch the mayor and burn down the city courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska (1919), a team of U.S. Army Air Corps pilots completed the first round-the-world flight (1924), the British Parliament passed the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing marijuana, on the same day Alexander Fleming noticed the bacteria-killing mold that would become penicillin (1928), France ratified her new constitution (1958), a military coup d’état in Damascus ended the United Arab Republic that had united Egypt and Syria (1961), the British Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act banning medical marijuana (1971), nine people were taken hostage in London’s Spaghetti House Siege (1975), 852 people died when the car ferry MS Estonia sank in Baltic Sea (1994), Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (1995), Ariel Sharon visited Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, sparking the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2000), SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft, Falcon 1, into orbit (2008), 19 people died when Sita Air Flight 601 struck a vulture after taking off at Kathmandu, Nepal (2012), and thousands of protesters met at Hong Kong’s government headquarters as the Occupy Central movement began (2014). And over a million people lost power when a severe storm that triggered 2 tornadoes and an estimated 80,000 lightning strikes struck South Australia (2016).

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Yesterday on Campus

Campus QuestionChristine Blasey Ford calm, composed, consistent, credible; Kavanaugh throws raging, whiny tantrum. Will that guarantee his confirmation?

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