THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1659 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
  • 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • 1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus
  • 1959 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • 2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.

Source: Onthisday.com

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