• 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople
  • 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of the Solar System
  • 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
  • 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species” radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology
  • 1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria


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