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The Temple of Apollo at Daphne was destroyed by a mysterious fire today (362). Also, Juan de Montoro founded the city of Aguascalientes as a postal service rest stop between Zacatecas and Mexico City (1575), the Ladoga Canal was completed (1730), the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, was chartered (1746), André-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump (1797), Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas (1836), 207 miners died in an explosion at Scotland’s Blantyre Colliery (1877), Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (1879), New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House opened (1883), a run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock began a panic that would trigger a nationwide economic depression (1907), Toastmasters International was founded (1924), FBI agents shot and killed bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd (1934), President John Kennedy gave an Oval Office television address to reveal the Cuban Missile Crisis and his planned embargo (1962), Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded and declined the Nobel Prize for Literature (1964), The Supremes A’Go Go became the album by an all-female group to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, on the same day the Soviet Union launched Luna 12 (1966), the Soviet probe Venera 9 landed on Venus (1975), the Food and Drug Administration banned Red Dye #4 (1976), the Federal Labor Relations Authority voted to decertify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (1981), Tropical Storm Alpha formed in the Atlantic Basin, marking the first time the National Weather Service exceeded their list of named storms (2005), voters in Panama approved a project to expand the Panama Canal (2006), India launched the Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe (2008), the Australian Capital Territory passed the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act, the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so (2013), and a Canadian soldier was killed when a gunman attacked Ottawa’s Parliament Hill (2014). And two people were killed when a gunman attacked a high school in Trollhättan, Sweden (2015).


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