On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
1561 – Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima — Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts
1685 – Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism
1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery
1776 – In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders “cock tail”
1860 – The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin
1867 – US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household usage
1929 – Women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law
1945 – Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg
1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio
1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” is released
1968 – US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving “black power” salute as a protest during victory ceremony
1975 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite on Saturday Night Live, sing “My Little Town”
2007 – After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured

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