THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1520 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant
  • 1684 Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley
  • 1799 Metric system first adopted in France
  • 1898 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1901 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy
  • 1936 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson
  • 1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo

Source: Onthisday.com

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