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This Day In History (05.01. 2018)

  • 1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary.
  • 1625 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia).
  • 1625 Prince Frederick Henry appointed viceroy of Holland.
  • 1725 Spain and Austria sign trade treaty.
  • 1756 France and Austria sign alliance.
  • 1781 Emperor Joseph II decrees protection of population.
  • 1786 Mozart’s opera “Marriage of Figaro” premieres in Wien (Vienna).
  • 1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston.
  • 1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California.
  • 1853 Argentina adopts its constitution.
  • 1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi.
  • 1864 Atlanta campaign, Georgia begins.
  • 1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria’s 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks.
  • 1883 Amsterdam World’s Fair opens.
  • 1889 Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany).
  • 1896 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms.
  • 1914 China’s 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification.
  • 1926 British coal miners go on strike.
  • 1930 Bradman scores 236 Aust v Worcs, his 1st first class innings in England.
  • 1937 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations.
  • 1941 “Citizen Kane”, directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City.
  • 1943 Rauter signs unofficial death sentence.
  • 1948 North Korea proclaims itself Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
  • 1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir.
  • 1957 Larry King’s 1st radio broadcast.
  • 1959 West Germany introduces 5 day work week.
  • 1961 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.
  • 1961 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon.
  • 1972 “Different Times” opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances.
  • 1978 Jackie Chan’s breakthrough film “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong.
  • 1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel.
  • 1980 “Day in Hollywood, A Night…” opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances.
  • 1984 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published.
  • 1987 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun.
  • 1991 A’s Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yanks.
  • 1994 “My Fair Lady” closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances.
  • 1996 “Ideal Husband” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances.
  • 1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 2000 “Gladiator” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001).
  • 2006 The Puerto Rican go.
  • vernment closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • 2007 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop.
  • 2009 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank.
  • 2010 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.
  • 2012 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal.
  • 2015 Expo 2015 opens in Milan.
  • 2018 English Premier League: Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year.

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