THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 533 Byzantine General Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron
  • 1256 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
  • 1488 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope
  • 1612 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
  • 1791 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
  • 1840 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
  • 1973 American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness

Source: Onthisday.com

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