Suleiman the Magnificent, the Oldest Sunday Newspaper and the Outlawing of Suttee

What Happened Today in History

Important Events

  • 1534 Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad
  • 1563 Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years.
  • 1619 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
  • 1791 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published
  • 1829 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)
  • 1918 US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France
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Today in Film & TV

  • 1933 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

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Today in Sport

  • 1943 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
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Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined

Today in history in 1952

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Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

Today in History in 1961

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  • 2006 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences
  • 2015 Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage
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