On This Date in History..

On this Day in History..

66 The 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet takes place

1500 Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot in Brazil

1564 The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism

1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem; then proceeds to solve it before going to bed that very same night

1784 Benjamin Franklin expresses his unhappiness over the eagle being selected as America’s symbol

1838 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States

1841 Hong Kong is proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain

1863 The Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)

1871 – US income tax is repealed

1875 The Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

1905 – World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa

1907 The 1st US “Federal Corrupt Election practices” law is passed

1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company; which he later sells to his former employer

1926 The 1st public demonstration of television by John Logie Baird is held in his laboratory in London

1934 – The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City

1950 India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion

1954 Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland

1962 – The US launches Ranger 3, and misses its mark,the Moon, by 22,000-mi

1972 Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives a 10,160m fall; without parachute

1979 “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on television network CBS

1982 – For the first time since the 1930s, the unemployed population in UK rises above three million

1989 – AT&T reports its 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988

1992 – “Americans with Disabilities Act” goes into effect

1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

2004 – A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion

2013 – The United States Sentencing Commission is hacked by Anonymous in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz

2015 Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England

2016 – Renowned actor Abe Vigoda reluctantly passes away..

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