The Third Crusade, Assassination of a Prime Minister and India's Billionth Baby

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Important Events

  • 330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire
  • 1189 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade
  • 1751 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin
  • 1924 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)
  • 1995 More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons [1]
  • 2000 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
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Today in Film & TV

  • 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Today in Music

Today in Sport

  • 1893 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour
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Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

On this day in 1812


Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

On this day in 1812

Famous Weddings

  • 1963 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)
  • 1970 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • 1996 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York
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