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362 – Emperor Julian issued an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.

1579 – Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England.


1775 – The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston.

1789 – The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly, and began to frame a constitution.

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into his empire.

1837 – Charles Goodyear received his first patent. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.

1848 – Austrian General Alfred Windischgratz crushed a Czech uprising in Prague.

1856 – The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia.

1861 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.

1872 – George M. Hoover began selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas. The town had been dry up until this point.

1876 – General George Crook’s command was attacked and defeated on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.

1879 – Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1912 – The German Zeppelin SZ 111 burned in its hanger in Friedrichshafen.

1913 – U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.

1917 – The Russian Duma met in a secret session in Petrograd and voted for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army. (World War I)

1924 – The Fascist militia marched into Rome.

1926 – Spain threatened to quit the League of Nations if Germany was allowed to join.

1928 – Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

1930 – The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill became law. It placed the highest tariff on imports to the U.S.

1931 – British authorities in China arrested Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

1932 – The U.S. Senate defeated the bonus bill as 10,000 veterans massed around the Capitol.

1940 – The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

1940 – France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.

1941 – WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S.

1942 – Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. The term “G.I. Joe” was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger.

1944 – French troops landed on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

1944 – The republic of Iceland was established.

1950 – Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.

1953 – Soviet tanks fought thousands of Berlin workers that were rioting against the East German government.

1963 – The U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.

1965 – Twenty-seven B-52’s hit Viet Cong outposts but lost two planes in South Vietnam.

1969 – Boris Spasky became chess champion of the world after checkmating former champion Tigran Petrosian in Moscow.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

— 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)

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