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Westminster Abbey was consecrated today (1065). Also, Galileo Galilei saw Neptune, although he mistook it for a fixed star (1612), workers began constructing Toronto’s Yonge Street, once the longest street in the world (1795), John Calhoun became the first U.S. Vice President to resign his office (1832), South Australia and Adelaide were founded, on the same day Spain recognized Mexico’s independence (1836), Iowa became our 29th state (1846), the U.S. annexed Midway Atoll, the first U.S. territory outside North America (1867), 75 people died as the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland collapsed beneath their train (1879), Auguste and Louis Lumière presented ten 50-second films to a paying audience in Paris, marking the dawn of cinema, on the same day Wilhelm Röntgen published a paper on his discovery of x-rays (1895), the Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians at Madison Square Garden in the first indoor professional football game (1902), over 75,000 people died as a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Messina, Sicily (1908), San Francisco’s first municipally owned streetcars began operation (1912), Irish nationalist Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to Britain’s House of Commons, despite her being held in Holloway Prison for opposing the military draft (1918), a letter by Pavel Postyshev published in Pravda revived Russia’s New Year Tree tradition (1935), the Montréal Canadiens’ Maurice Richard became the first NHL player to record 8 points in a single game (1944), 32 people were lost as the DC3 NC16002 disappeared without a trace south of Miami, Florida (1948), the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in sudden-death overtime, a contest remembered as the “Greatest Game Ever Played” (1958), President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (1973), 13 people died as a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Newcastle, Australia (1989), Montgomery Ward went out of business after 128 years (2000), 43 people were killed by a suicide bomb as Shia Muslims celebrated the Day of Ashura in Karachi, Pakistan (2009), and the Arab Spring protests spread to Algeria (2010). And 162 people died when Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed into the the Karimata Strait en route from Surabaya to Singapore, on the same day 9 people died when the MS Norman Atlantic caught fire in the Strait of Otranto near Italy (2014).


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