This Day In History (04. 01. 2018)

  • 527 Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
  • 705 Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI.
  • 1515 Portuguese fleet under Afonso de Albuquerque captures the Persian fortress of Ormuz, renaming it the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception.
  • 1724 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War.
  • 1778 New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the “$” symbol.
  • 1850 San Francisco County government established.
  • 1867 International Exhibition opens in Paris.
  • 1889 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago).
  • 1891 London-Paris telephone connection opens.
  • 1891 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti.
  • 1916 1st US national women’s swiming championships held.
  • 1918 Henry Miller’s Theater opens at 124 W 43rd St NYC.
  • 1930 “The Blue Angel” starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany.
  • 1963 Soap operas “General Hospital” & “Doctors” premiere on ABC TV.
  • 1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years.
  • 1980 New York City’s Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.
  • 1997 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch.
  • 2017 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York.

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