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Cicero gave his fourth and final Cataline Oration today (63 BCE). Also, the Fourth Council of Toledo was held (633), Innocent VIII issued the Summis desiderantes deputizing German inquisitors to search for witches (1484), Christopher Columbus landed on Hispaniola (1492), Portugal’s Manuel I ordered the expulsion of heretics (1496), James Christie held his first sale in London (1766), the city of Maceió, Brazil was founded (1815), former President John Quincy Adams took his seat in the U.S. House, the only former president to do so (1831), President James Polk told Congress that gold had been discovered in California (1848), 278 people died as a fire swept through the Brooklyn Theater in New York City (1876), Albert Einstein was granted a U.S. visa (1932), Utah ratified the Twenty-first Amendment, the 36th state to have done so, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and Prohibition (1933), U.S. Navy training Flight 19 vanished off the Florida coast in what came to be known as the Bermuda Triangle (1945), 12,000 people would die as a cold fog descended on London and combined with air pollution to trigger the five-day Great Smog (1952), the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged into AFL-CIO, on the same day E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks began the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955), President Sukarno expelled 40,000 Dutch citizens from Indonesia (1957), while in Bristol, Elizabeth II dialed the Lord Provost in Edinburgh without using an operator, inaugurating subscriber trunk dialing in Britain, on the same day the the Preston By-pass opened as the first stretch of the British motorway system (1958), the four-node ARPANET was established (1969), Argentina’s military junta was dissolved (1983), Britain’s Civil Partnership Act took effect (2004), Josaia “Frank” Bainimarama seized power in Fiji (2006), a gunman killed 8 people and then himself at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska (2007), and 8 people died when a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Iran’s South Khorasan Province (2012). And 56 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Yemeni Defense Ministry compound in Sana’a, Yemen (2013).


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