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138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1570 - Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.

1793 - George Washington holds the first Cabinet meeting as President of the United States.

1836 - Samuel Colt receives an American patent for the Colt revolver.

1836 - US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.

1837 - First U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.

1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.

1901 - J.P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.

1912 - Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

1913 - The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing a graduated income tax, is ratified.

1919 - Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

1921 - The Democratic Republic of Georgia joins Bolshevist Russia.

1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) is established in Alaska.


1928 - Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.

1933 - The USS Ranger is launched, becoming the first custom-built aircraft carrier.

1951 - The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1954 - Gamal Abdul Nasser is made premier of Egypt.

1956 - In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces the actions of Joseph Stalin.

1964 - Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida, and is crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.

1969 - Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.

1971 - The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.

1986 - EDSA Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president.

1991 - Gulf War: An Iraqi Scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Marines.

1992 - Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

1994 - Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein opens fire with an assault rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors. Subsequent rioting kills 26 more Palestinians and 9 Israelis.

2000 - The Swedish political party New Democracy is declared financially bankrupt.


2004 - Mel Gibson releases The Passion of the Christ.

2006 - The world's estimated population reaches 6.5 billion.

2006 - Imette St. Guillen's body is found on Brooklyn's Belt Parkway, New York. She was raped, tortured, and murdered. Darryl Littlejohn, a nightclub bouncer at "The Falls", where St. Guillen was last seen alive, is indicted.


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