On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
141 BC – Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China
1497 – Nicolaus Copernicus’ 1st recorded astronomical observation happens
1562 – Kissing in public is banned in Naples (punishable by death)
1765 – After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son
1834 – The French Foreign Legion is created
1839 – The Prussian government limits work-week for children to 51 hours
1897 – Cleveland Indians: fans start calling the team Indians (in 1915 it becomes official)
1916 – General Francisco “Poncho” Villa invades the US (18 are killed)
1926 – Bertha Landes is elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle, Washington
1942 – Construction of the Alaska Highway begins
1950 – Willie Sutton robs the Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC
1956 – A weather forecasting phone line is set up in London, England
1959 – Barbie, the popular girls’ doll, debuts, over 800 million are sold
1964 – The first Ford Mustang is produced
1974 – The last Japanese soldier of WW II , a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins in earnest
1976 – The first female cadets are accepted to West Point Military Academy
1984 – John Lennon releases “Borrowed Time”
2007 – The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens

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