On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
295 – Origin of Era of Ascension
1028 – Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII
1555 – The English Parliament re-establishes Catholicism
1793 – Jean Sylvan Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, is guillotined
1859 – Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name
1912 – Robert Scott’s diary & dead body found in Antarctica
1927 – 1st underwater tunnel, Holland Tunnel connecting NY to NJ opens
1933 – 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal)
1954 – Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor, is closed
1956 – Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted
1968 – Supreme Court declares Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools unconstitutional
1974 – South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies
1979 – President Carter announces immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil
1981 – 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
1982 – USSR KGB-chief Yuri V Andropov succeeds Leonid Brezhnev as USSR leader
1998 – Then Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol

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