On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
380 – Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople
496 – Anastasius II succeeds Gelasius I as Catholic Pope
1639 – 1st observation of transit of Venus occurs (only 2, record event)
1642 – Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
1835 – The Texas Rangers, mounted police force is authorized by Texas Provisional Government
1874 – Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire
1896 – 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
1922 – Italian parliament gives Benito Mussolini dictatorial powers “for 1 year”
1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens
1947 – John Steinbeck’s novel “Pearl” is published
1948 – Ireland votes for independence from United Kingdom
1963 – Dallas businessman Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald on live television
1966 – The Beatles begin recording sessions for “Sgt Pepper”
1966 – Hundreds of residents in New York City are hospitalized as the city experiences the smoggiest day in its history
1971 – Dan “DB” Cooper parachutes from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000 cash
1979 – US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange (manufactured by Monsanto)
1993 – Brady bill passes establishing 5-day waiting period for handgun sales
1995 – Ireland votes to end 70-year-old ban on divorce (50.28% to 49.72%)

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