On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1294 – Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani is chosen as Pope Boniface VIII
1777 – Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, is discovered by Captain James Cook
1832 – The first US Negro hospital, founded by whites, is chartered in Savannah, Georgia
1871 – Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal
1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent a bicycle with the back pedal brake
1906 – Reginald A Fessenden becomes the first man to broadcast music over radio
1922 – The BBC sends the 1st British radio play “Truth about Father Christmas” over its airwaves
1946 – US General McNarney gives 800,000 “minor nazis” amnesty
1950 – The Cleveland Browns actually Do win the NFL championship, beating LA 30-28
1970 – Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” is released nationwide
1973 – The District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government
1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Soviet Union
1992 – US President Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger in the Iran-contra affair
1993 – Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
1997 – For the first time a Hanukkah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
2003 – Spanish police thwart an attempt by the ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station

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