• 1492 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana”
  • 1538 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established on Hispaniola
  • 1746 Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die
  • 1904 St Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints
  • 1919 Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto
  • 1924 Miner Bruin discovers the infant fossil skull, “Taung child” in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species, Australopithecus africanus.


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