• 843 Icon veneration officially re-instated in Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople
  • 1502 Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524)
  • 1918 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • 1966 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
  • 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
  • 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant
  • 2018 China’s National People’s Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life


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