On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1495 – Pope Alexander VI gives his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France
1547 – 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
1613 – Galileo may have unknowingly viewed the undiscovered planet Neptune
1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip forms an English colony at Botany Bay, Sydney
1878 – George W Coy is hired as 1st full-time telephone operator
1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick
1902 – Carnegie Institute is founded in Washington DC
1914 – Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated as a city
1935 – Iceland becomes the first country to legalize abortion
1950 – Preston Tucker, the auto maker, is found not guilty of mail fraud
1958 – The Lego company patents their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today
1965 – The Who make their 1st appearance on British television
1978 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
1978 – Ted Nugent autographs a fan’s arm with his knife
1985 – “We Are the World” is recorded by super-group USA for Africa
1986 – 25th Space Shuttle Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
1998 – Michelangelo’s “Christ & the Woman of Samaria,” is sold at auction for $7.4 million
2011 – Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian’s streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the “Friday of Anger”

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