THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth
  • 1935 Flying boat “China Clipper” takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight
 
  • 1963 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • 2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Source: Onthisday.com

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