This day in history

  • 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence
  • 1920 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason
  • 1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1986 World’s worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe
  • 2005 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.

Source: Onthisday.com

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