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Mercurius became John II, the first pope to change his name upon assuming the papacy, today (533). Also, the Emirate of Granada surrendered, completing the Spanish Reconquista (1492), Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution (1788), the British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded (1818), Urbain Le Verrier announced Edmond Modeste Lescarbault’s later-discredited discovery of the planet Vulcan between Mercury and the Sun (1860), Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door trade policy with China (1900), J. Edgar Hoover ignored Labor Department protests and led the arrests of 6000 alleged communists and anarchists in the second Palmer Raid (1920), Bruno Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son (1935), 33 members of the Duquesne Spy Ring were convicted in the largest espionage case in U.S. history (1942), Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico (1949), Panamanian President José Antonio Remón Cantera was assassinated (1955), the Soviet Union launched Luna 1, the first spacecraft to pass near the Moon and orbit the Sun (1959), Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as Governor of California (1967), 66 fans were crushed to death after a Rangers v. Celtic match at Glasgow’s Ibrox Park (1971), President Richard Nixon signed the bill lowering the maximum speed limit to 55mph during the OPEC embargo (1974), the four-day Gale of January began to sweep across Ireland, Britain, and western Europe and would leave at least 82 dead (1976), British police arrested serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, whom the press had dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper” (1981), a three-day blizzard dumped up to 24″ of snow across the Midwest and eastern Canada and would leave 72 dead (1999), the Stardust probe collected dust samples from Comet Wild 2 (2004), and 12 miners died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia (2006). And Saudi Arabia executed Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others on terrorism charges, flouting international criticism that Shiek al-Nimr’s trial was politically motivated to suppress dissent (2016).

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