On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts
1492 – Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1524 – Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1534 – Sir Thomas More is confined in London Tower
1629 – 1st commercial fishery established
1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America
1861 – Virginia becomes the 8th state to secede from the Union
1865 – Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination
1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the “right to free contract” was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution
1933 – The Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating the NY Giants 23-21
1937 – The cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut on Warner Brothers television
1942 – POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein
1947 – Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
1964 – The Ford Mustang is formally introduced
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
1978 – 63,500,000 shares are traded on the NY stock exchange(a new record)
1989 – The 93rd Boston Marathon is won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06 (barefoot)
2002 – Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
2012 – The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million p

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