On this Date in History..

Disfida di Barletta

Disfida di Barletta

On this Day in History..
1258 – Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed
1503 – Disfida di Barletta – Famous challenge takes place between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta (the Italians win and the french paid a ransom)
1566 – St Augustine, Florida is founded
1633 – Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before an Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun
1799 – The 1st US law regulating insurance is passed, by Massachusetts
1866 – Jesse James holds up his first bank in Liberty, Missouri and makes off with $15,000
1886 – Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class
1914 – American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) forms in NYC
1924 – Howard Carter begins the opening of King Tut’s tomb
1932 – “Free Eats” introduces George “Spanky” McFarland to the “Our Gang”
1935 – Bruno Hauptmann is found guilty of the kidnap & murder of Lindbergh’s infant son
1959 – The Barbie doll goes on sale nationwide
1968 – US sends an additional 10,500 soldiers to Vietnam
1982 – Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, stays on the charts for its 402nd week
1990 – The United States, England, France & England allow Germany to reunify
2000 – The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M Schulz dies
2008 – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations
2009 – Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC)

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