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Did You Know These Important Events That Took Place Today In History?

“Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.”
– Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon

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With this in mind, here are some important events that took place on this day.

1539 – Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.

1689 – Residents of Boston oust their governor, Edmond Andros.

1764 – The English Parliament bans the American colonies from printing paper money.

1775 – The American Revolution begins as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts.

1782 – The Netherlands recognises the United States.

1794 – Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw.

1802 – The Spanish reopen New Orleans port to American merchants.

1824 – English poet Lord George Gordon Byron dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence.

1861 – The Baltimore riots result in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.

1861 – President Abraham Lincoln orders a blockade of Confederate ports.

1927 – In China, Hankow communists declare war on Chiang Kai-shek.

1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her first movie.

1938 – General Francisco Franco declares victory in the Spanish Civil War.

1939 – Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins.

1960 – Baseball uniforms begin displaying player’s names on their backs.

1971 – Russia launches its first Salyut space station.

1977 – Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.

1982 – NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.

1989 – The battleship USS Iowa’s number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.

1993 – The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Davidian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.

1995 – A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

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