On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
1158 – Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy
1215 – 4th Lateran Council (12th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1493 – Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba
1647 – Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law
1714 – A highway in the Bronx is laid out, later renamed East 233rd Street
1839 – The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia
1851 – Alvin Clark patents telescope
1864 – Sherman’s troops destroy Rome, Georgia
1865 – Mary Edward Walker, 1st Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor
1909 – Construction of naval base at Pearl Harbor begins
1918 – Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)
1918 – Germany surrenders ending WW I, Allies & Germany sign armistice (creates Veteran’s Day)
1921 – Pres Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetery)
1923 – Eternal flame lit for tomb of unknown solder, Arc de Triumph
1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established
1930 – Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator
1939 – Kate Smith 1st sings Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”
1959 – 1st episode of “Rocky & Bullwinkle” airs
1968 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of “2 Virgins” album
1969 – Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by FBI for drunkenness
1985 – The city of Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
1987 – Van Gogh painting “Irises” sells for record $53.6 M at auction
1994 – Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex” for $30,800,000
1999 – Last upside down date until January 1, 6000
2004 – Yasser Arafat is confirmed dead by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later
2008 – The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai

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