This day in history

  • 240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
  • 1856 Russia signs the Treaty of Paris, ending the Crimean War
  • 1867 Alaska Purchase: US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 ($109 million in 2018), roughly 2 cents an acre
  • 1870 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • 1959 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
  • 1972 Northern Ireland’s Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and ‘direct rule’ from Westminster is introduced


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