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Today In History, WHO Declares Homosexuality No Longer A Mental Illness

On the 17th of May, 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) took homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses. But that’s not the only noteworthy event that occurred in history. Take a look at some of the interesting, historical incidents that happened on this day many years ago as we throwback to them.

1620 – 1st merry-go-round is seen at a fair in Philippopolis, Turkey.

1630 – Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi is the first to see two belts on Jupiter surface.

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1803 – John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine.

1824 – The diaries of romantic poet Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet’s friends at the office of John Murray in London; it is sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”.

1877 – Edwin T Holmes installs the first telephone switchboard burglar alarm.

1881 – Revised version of New Testament.

1890 – Comic Cuts, the first weekly comic paper, is published in London.

1897 – The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland.

1910 – Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins.

1916 – British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced.

1932 – US Congress changes name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico”.

1948 – The Soviet Union recognises Israel.

1949 – British government recognises the Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State).

1973 – Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”.

1980 – V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record).

1984 – Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend,” sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.

1989 – Longest cab ride ever is 14,000 miles and costs $16,000!

1989 – Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa.

1990 – World Health Organisation takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.

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