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Pope Julius II, French King Louis XII, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and Ferdinand II of Aragon formed the League of Cambrai against the Italian city state of Venice, today (1508). Also, Martin Luther protested the papal bull Exsurge Domine by burning his copy outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate (1520), Michiel de Ruyter founded the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (1665), Edmund Halley read Issac Newton’s De motu corporum in gyrum, deriving Kepler’s Laws from Newton’s theory of gravity, to the Royal Society (1684), France adopted the meter (1799), Mississippi became our 20th state (1817), the world’s first traffic lights were installed at London’s Palace of Westminster (1868), Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published (1884), the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War (1898), the first Nobel Prizes were awarded (1901), women in Tasmania received the right to vote (1902), President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1906), Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1909), University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger received the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, now the Heisman Trophy (1935), the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Grateful Dead performed their first concert (1965), a still-unidentified thief posing as a police officer committed the “300 Million Yen Robbery” in Tokyo (1968), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Price (1978), Raúl Alfonsín was inaugurated as President of Argentina, restoring democratic rule after seven years of military rule (1983), Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the founding of the Mongolian Democratic Union that would bring democracy to his nation (1989), the last shift left the England’s Monkwearmouth Colliery, ending 800 years of mining in the County Durham Coalfield (1993). And Nelson Mandela promulgated South Africa’s new constitution (1996), and Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a protest march to plant olive trees (2014). And 48 people were killed by suicide bombers outside the Vodafone Arena and nearby Maçka Park in Istanbul, Turkey (2016).


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