On This Day…

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588 BCNebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England.
1559 – Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1759 – British Museum opens in Montague House, London.
1902Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men over the walls of Riyadh and takes the city, marking the beginning of the Third Saudi State.
2001 – Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.
2009US Airways flight 1549, piloted by Capt. Chesley (“Sully”) Sullenberger III, landed in the Hudson River after the plane flew into a flock of Canada geese shortly after takeoff, resulting in severe damage to the plane’s engines; there were no fatalities. 

Births & Deaths:1842St. Mary MacKillop, who was the first Australian beatified by the Roman Catholic Church and the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints, was born in Melbourne.
1929 – Martin Luther King, an American religious leader and civil-rights activist, was born. 

Sport:1892 – Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith 

Music: 1895 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS) 

TV & Film: 1981 – “Hill Street Blues” premieres on NBC-TV
1974The American television series Happy Days, a nostalgic comedy set during the 1950s and ’60s, premiered on ABC. 

Via Britannica / On This Day

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