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This Day In History (05. 03. 2018)

  • 1660 Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg & Austria sign Peace of Oliva.
  • 1715 Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon “Baily’s Beads”.
  • 1802 Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
  • 1808 Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • 1810 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles).
  • 1815 Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats King Joachim of Naples.
  • 1845 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China.
  • 1855 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway open.
  • 1915 John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields”.
  • 1936 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits.
  • 1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”.
  • 1938 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain.
  • 1944 “Meet Me in St Louis” opens on Broadway.
  • 1951 Royal Festival Hall opens in London.
  • 1960 The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1971 National Public Radio begins programming.
  • 1979 Martin Sherman’s “Bent” premieres in London.
  • 1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts.
  • 1986 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit.
  • 1993 “Kiss of the Spider Woman” opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances.
  • 1999 Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.

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