On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1183 – Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan
1248 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral begins
1559 – Spanish explorer de Luna lands in Pensacola Bay,Florida
1756 – The French capture Fort Oswego, NY
1782 – Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies
1820 – The first US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
1842 – The Seminole War ends; Indians are removed from Florida to Oklahoma
1846 – Henry David Thoreau is jailed for tax resistance
1873 – “Field & Stream” magazine begins publications
1880 – Construction of the Cologne Cathedral is completed (began in 1248)
1935 – The Social Security Act becomes law
1936 – Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States
1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
1965 – Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” hits #1
1971 – The British government begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
1974 – Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold
1995 – Shannon Faulkner becomes the 1st woman to attend the Citadel
2003 – A wide-scale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada takes place effecting more than 50 million people

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