On This Day…

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356  Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples.
1600– Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history.
1878– Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
1942– About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin.
1945– US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.
2008 – Fidel Castro formally resigned as president of Cuba; he was succeeded by his brother Raúl. 

Music: 1981 – George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” of his song “My Sweet Lord” with Ronnie Mack’s song “He’s So Fine”. 

Via Britannica / On This Day 

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