On this Day in History..

On this Day in History..
963 – Leo VIII is elected Pope
1240 – Mongols under Batu Khan occupy & destroy Kiev.
1631 – 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland
1768 – 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Britannica” published (Scotland)
1825 – President John Adams suggests the establishment of  an  observatory in the United States
1849 – Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland.
1862 – President Lincoln orders the hanging of 39 Santee Sioux Indians
1865 – 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery
1884 – The aluminum capstone is set atop the Washington Monument
1912 – China votes for universal human rights
1947 – Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated
1964 – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” 1st airs on TV
1969 – 300,000 attend the infamous Altamont California rock concert featuring the Rolling Stones (the Hell’s Angels provide “security” at the event)
1975 – 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (the only player in history to receive two of the coveted trophy)
1988 – Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown
1990 – Shoeless Joe Jackson’s signature is sold at auction for $23,100
2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars

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