On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1309 – Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population
1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida
1668 – English king Charles II gives Bombay to the East India Trading Company
1790 – The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) are invented in England
1794 – The US Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates
1836 – The first Mormon temple in America is dedicated (Kirkland Ohio)
1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal
1912 – The first Japanese cherry blossom trees are planted in Washington DC
1931 – Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor
1941 – Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
1955 – Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut
1964 – 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England) begins broadcasting
1973 – The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia is stopped for speeding & LSD possession
1973 – 45th Academy Awards – Marlon Brando turns down his Oscar for best actor in “The Godfather” in support of Native Americans
1979 – US Supreme Court rules, 8-1, that police can’t randomly stop cars
1980 – Mount St Helen’s becomes active after 123 years
1981 – John Lennon releases “Watching the Wheels” in UK
1997 – Martin Luther King’s son meets with James Earl Ray
2006 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting

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