On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
1444 – Battle at Verna, Black Sea: Sultan Murat II beats crusaders
1619 – Rene’ Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy
1766 – The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen’s College (later renamed Rutgers University
1775 – Congress forms United States Marine Corps (Ooorah!!)
1793 – France ends forced worship of God
1864 – Kingston, GA sacked and burned during Sherman’s March to Sea
1871 – Henry M Stanley in Ujiji, Central Africa says “Dr Livingstone, I presume?” (helluva story there)
1908 – 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room
1911 – Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corp (for scholarly & charitable works)
1924 – Dion O’Banion, leader of the North Side Gang is assassinated in his flower shop by members of Johnny Torrio’s gang, sparking the bloody gang war of the 1920s in Chicago
1933 – Black Blizzard snowstorm-dust storm rages from SD to Atlantic (blankets Washington DC during congressional hearing on erosion)
1940 – Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives
1954 – Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington
1975 – UN General Assembly approves resolution equating Zionism with racism
1982 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened
1989 – Germans begins demolishing Berlin Wall

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