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330, Constantine the Great dedicated Byzantium (Constantinople; now Istanbul) as the new capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, an act that helped transform it into a leading city of the world.

1310 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics

1812 British Prime Minster Spencer Perceval is shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

1813 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.

1924 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

1960 Israeli soldiers capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

1968 Actor Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

1985 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history


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On this day in 1805, explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born in Montrose. Burnes, who was the son of a provost, gained a taste for travel whilst serving in the army of the East India Company, which he joined at the age of sixteen.

He is the author of 'Travels into Bokhara' which is one of the best-selling travel books of all time and which gained him the recognition of the Roya
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1681 Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.

1787 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds

1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

1824 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”

1875 The first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and the winning horse was Aristides.

1899 Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England

1906 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic

1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced

1943 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams

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

1972 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)





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1701 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)

1883 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players at Recreation Park, Philadelphia, Snorkeys defeat the Hoppers 33-17

1934 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana

1945 The Allies arrest the members of the Nazi Flensburg government, including Admiral Karl Donitz, formally dissolving Nazi Germany

1966 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"

1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

2004 Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.



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