THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1477 First English dated printed book “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers” by William Caxton
  • 1626 St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, replacing an earlier basilica on the same site and becoming the world’s largest Christian basilica
  • 1916 British General Douglas Haig finally calls off the 1st Battle of the Somme in World War I after more than 1 million soldiers had been killed or wounded
  • 1978 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones
  • 1993 Black and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

Source: Onthisday.com

 
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