The Rosetta Stone, E=mc² and Fear as 1st Passenger Train Reaches 15mph

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Important Events

  • 1066 William the Conqueror's troops set sail from Normandy for conquest of England
  • 1290 Earthquake in the Gulf of Chihli (Bohai Sea) near China, reportedly kills 100,000 people
  • 1540 Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola confirmed by Pope Paul III in Rome
  • 1779 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain
  • 1821 Mexican revolutionary forces led by Agustín de Iturbide occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw, bringing an end to the Mexican War of Independence
  • 1822 French scholar Jean-François Champollion announces he has deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics using the Rosetta Stone
  • 1905 The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².
  • 1908 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
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Today in Film & TV

  • 1993 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

Today in Music

  • 1912 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song

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George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" becomes the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England

On this day in 1825

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Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.

On this day in 1590

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  • 2003 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet
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