São Paulo Founded and Charles Wilkes Discovers Antarctica

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  • 1554 Founding of the city of São Paulo in Brazil
  • 1565 Battle at Talikota India: Deccan sultanate destroy Vijayanagar's army and the last Hindu kingdom of Southern India
  • 1840 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
  • 1949 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party
  • 1971 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin
  • 2011 Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins with a series of street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, labor strikes and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities
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  • 1961 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference with JFK

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Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia

On this day in 1858


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Journalist Nellie Bly beats the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg around the world by 8 days (72 days)

On this day in 1890

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