On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
1260 – The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1360 – The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War
1593 – Alleged teleportation of Gil Perez
1648 – Switzerland’s independence recognized
1836 – A Phillips patents matches
1851 – William Lassell discovers Ariel & Umbriel, satellites of Uranus
1861 – 1st transcontinental telegram sent ending Pony Express
1901 – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years
1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, which was at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan
1929 – “Black Thursday,” start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
1931 – Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
1939 – Nazi require wearing of star of David
1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space
1973 – John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
1986 – Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10%
2009 – First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis


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