On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
538 – Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius
1054 – Pope Leo IX escapes captivity & returns to Rome
1622 – Ignatius of Loyola is declared a saint
1737 – Galileo’s body is moved to the Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy
1755 – America’s 1st steam engine to pump water from a mine is installed
1860 – Congress accepts the Pre-emption Bill which frees land in the West for colonization
1894 – In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time
1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes the Carnegie Hero Fund
1913 – The foundation stone of the Australian capital in Canberra is laid
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi begins his 200m (300km) march protesting a British salt tax
1969 – 120 cannabis joints are discovered at George & Patti Harrison’s home
1986 – 210.25 million shares are traded on the NY Stock Exchange
1989 – The World Wide Web goes online
2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake
2013 – JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits

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