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Xin Dynasty emperor Wang Mang was killed in a peasant revolt today (23). Also, Byzantine Empress Eudoxia miscarried her seventh and last pregnancy and would die of infection several days later (404), Hernando de Soto and his army entered the Apalachee capital of Anhaica, now Tallahassee (1539), Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, the oldest surviving opera and considered the start of music’s Baroque Period, premiered (1600), German immigrants founded Germantown, Pennsylvania (1683), 17-year-old Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia (1723), Louis XVI returned to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Women’s March on the previous day (1789), the 13 Martyrs of Ayad were executed after the Hungarian war of independence (1849), 53 people died in the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead (1854), the American Library Association was founded (1876), as was the U.S. Naval War College (1884), Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture (1889), the High Court of Australia sat for the first time (1903), Eleftherios Venizelos was elected Prime Minister of Greece for the first of seven times (1910), The Jazz Singer opened starring Al Jolson in the first major “talkie” (1925), Billy Sianis and his pet billy goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the World Series, prompting the Curse of the Billy Goat (1945), new Chinese Premier Hua Guofeng ordered the arrest of the Gang of Four and ended the Cultural Revolution, on the same day 43 Thammasat University student protesters were killed by Thai troops as the military seized control of the government (1976), John Paul II became the first pope to visit the White House (1979), Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat was assassinated (1981), Fiji became a republic (1987), astronomers discovered a planet orbiting 51 Pegasi (1995), Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević resigned, as did Argentine Vice President Carlos Álvarez (2000), Al Qaeda terrorists bombed the French tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen (2002), and Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe (2007). And Instagram was founded (2010).

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