On This Day…

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1531– Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England by the Convocation of Canterbury.
1702 – Anne became the last Stuart monarch of Great Britain, having earlier acquiesced to the Act of Settlement of 1701, which designated as her successors the Hanoverian descendants of King James I.
1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded
1867– British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada’s constitution for more than 100 years.
1917– Russian “February Revolution” begins in earnest with protests celebrating International Woman’s Day and riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war.
1948– US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
1957 – Following Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Egyptian territory, the Suez Canal is reopened to international traffic.
1973– The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country.
2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, loses contact with air traffic control less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur then veers off course and disappears. 

1993 – the Music Television Network (MTV) airs the first episode of the animated series Beavis and Butthead, which will go on to become the network’s highest-rated series up to that point.
1996“Fargo” directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi released in the US. 

1902– 1st performance of Jean Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society.

Via Britannica / On This Day 

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