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Danish invaders defeated Æthelred of Wessex at the Battle of Reading today (871). Also, Charles I sent soldiers to arrest Parliament, setting the stage for the English Civil War (1642), the Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial (1649), Samuel Colt sold his first revolver to the U.S. Army (1847), the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters near Wall Street (1865), the Fabian Society was founded in London (1884), Utah became our 45th state (1896), George V issued a royal charter for England’s Boy Scouts Association (1912), Burma gained independence (1948), Sputnik 1 fell back to Earth (1958), Luna 1 reached the Moon (1959), President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed his “Great Society” in his State of the Union Address (1965), at least 15,000 people died as a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Tonghai, China (1970), Rose Heilbron became the first female judge to sit at London’s Old Bailey (1972), President Richard Nixon refused to release documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee (1974), 16 people died as a Washington D.C. to Boston Amtrak train collided with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland (1987), 307 people died when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Sukkur, Pakistan (1990), the Northeast Ice Storm hit Canada and the northeastern U.S. (1998), NASA’s Spirit rover landed on Mars, on the same day Mikheil Saakashvili was elected President of Georgia (2004), Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007), and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa opened as the world’s tallest building (2010). And 8 people were killed as a gunman went on a rampage in Kawit, the Philippines (2013).
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