• 211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta
  • 960 Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China
  • 1789 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
  • 1859 One of the oldest known copies of the Bible, “The Codex Sinaiticus” (Sinai Bible), is seen in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf who takes the manuscript home with him
  • 1865 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
  • 1969 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO
  • 1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • 2004 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room


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