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1436 – Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson 1471 – War of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales. 1493 – Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation. 1626 – Dutch
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1370 – Building begins of the Bastille in Paris 1500 – Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil and claims it for Portugal 1838 – English steamship Sirius docks in New York after Atlantic crossing. The journey lasted longer than expected, and when coal ran low the crew burned cabin furniture, spare yards, and even one mast. Home of […]

Today in History – March 30th

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1867 – The United States buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000, or 2 cents an acre 1909 – Queensborough Bridge, a double-decked cantilever bridge, opens linking Manhattan and Queens 1950 – Phototransistor invention announced in Murray Hill, New Jersey. 1961 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York. The treaty updates the
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1795 Beethoven debuts as pianist in Vienna at age 24. Thirty-two years later he is buried in Vienna, 20,000 people attended his funeral. 1798 Republic of Switzerland forms 1867 Congress approves building of Lincoln Memorial 1941 First performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Requiem Symphony” 1961 After a 4½ year trial, Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason
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1840  Dr. John William Draper takes first photo of the Moon The first ever photo of the moon, taken by John Williams Draper 1903 Wright brothers obtain airplane patent 1919 Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in Milan, Italy 1942 US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers 1944 Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) without a parachute
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37 – The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor. 1314 – Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake. 1673 – Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers 1881 – Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens in Madison Square Garden 1891
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 Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston. 1791 – First US internal revenue act, which taxed distilled spirits and carriages. 1803 – First impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins. He was officially the first judge to be impeached in 1804 on the grounds of drunkenness and unlawful rulings. 1845 – Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
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837 – 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1807 – The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.” 1814 – Ludwig von Beethoven’s 8th Symphony in F premieres 1854
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Isabella Goodwin 1562 – In Vassy, France, Catholics massacred over 1,000 Huguenots. 1781 – The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation. 1803 – Ohio became the 17th U.S. state. 1867 – Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state. 1869 – Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time 1872 – Yellowstone becomes the first
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45 BC – The first leap year was recognized by proclamation of Julius Caesar. 1288 – Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal, he was required to pay a fine. 1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, an Indian servant were the […]