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  • 747 BC Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era.
  • 364 Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1266 Battle of Benevento fought in Southern Italy between Manfred of Sicily and army of Charles of Anjou
  • 1534 Pope Paul II affirms George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1590 Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda

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1616 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1732 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
  • 1773 Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)
  • 1794 Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1797 Bank of England issues first £1 note
  • 1804 Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad

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1815 Napoleon Bonaparte and his supporters leave Elba to start a 100 day re-conquest of France

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1832 Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Tsar Nicholas I
  • 1834 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified
  • 1848 2nd French Republic proclaimed
  • 1852 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive
  • 1859 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • 1862 Battle of Woodburn, KY
  • 1863 Lincoln signs National Currency Act
  • 1866 New York Legislature forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health
  • 1869 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify
  • 1870 Beach Pneumatic Transit - 1st attempt to demonstrate a subway in New York opens (pneumatic powered)
  • 1881 -27] Natal: British troops under Major General Colley occupy Majuba Hill
  • 1881 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
  • 1884 British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
  • 1885 Berlin Conference gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to Great Britain
  • 1891 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park
  • 1891 Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" premieres in Oslo
  • 1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich
  • 1893 Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
  • 1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine
  • 1901 British general Kitchener confers with Boer general Louis Botha about peace conditions, which break down over the question of amnesty for some Boers
  • 1907 Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
  • 1907 US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
  • 1907 Louis Botha Het Volk Party wins a majority in the election in Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1909 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation

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1910 Gandhi supports the African People's Organisations resolution to declare the Prince of Wales day of arrival in South Africa a day of mourning, in protest against the South Africa Acts disenfranchisement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1912 Coal miners strike in Britain (settle on 1st March)
  • 1914 New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
  • 1914 HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
  • 1915 Malancourt, Argonnen 1st (German) flame-thrower
  • 1916 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
  • 1916 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia

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1917 [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies

  • 1917 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • 1919 Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
  • 1919 Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • 1921 The USSR signs treaties respecting the integrity of Persia and of Afghanistan
  • 1923 Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)

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1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1925 Jihad against Turkish government
  • 1926 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street

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1929 US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1930 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
  • 1933 Golden Gate Bridge groundbreaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell

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1935 German Luftwaffe is re-formed under Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1935 RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
  • 1936 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
  • 1936 Military coup in Japan
  • 1937 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premieres in London
  • 1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • 1938 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 1938 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • 1940 US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • 1941 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
  • 1941 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
  • 1941 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
  • 1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
  • 1942 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
  • 1942 Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies
  • 1942 Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
  • 1943 German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
  • 1944 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
  • 1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
  • 1946 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn
  • 1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • 1950 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC
  • 1951 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
  • 1952 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference

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1952 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1953 Allen Dulles promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
  • 1954 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • 1954 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • 1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith

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1956 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes

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1960 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1960 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1961 3rd Daytona 500: Marvin Panch wins (149.601 MPH)
  • 1962 Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
  • 1962 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • 1965 Dutch government of Marijnen falls
  • 1965 West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1967 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champ

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1967 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins (146.926 MPH)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1968 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • 1971 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1971 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125
  • 1973 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
  • 1974 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • 1975 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • 1978 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • 1980 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • 1980 Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
  • 1981 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • 1983 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • 1984 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • 1984 Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • 1984 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate
  • 1986 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • 1987 NASA launches GEOS-H
  • 1987 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • 1987 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • 1989 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • 1990 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • 1990 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • 1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • 1991 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
  • 1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • 1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
  • 1995 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson

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1998 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1998 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • 2001 The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
  • 2004 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2004 The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.

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2005 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 2012 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • 2012 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario
  • 2013 A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012
  • 2013 A hot air balloon crashes in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists
  • 2013 A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
  • 2016 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament