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1506: Christopher Columbus died
The great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus died in 1506 on the same date because of heart failure. Born on 31 October 1451, he dies at the age of 55 in Valladolid, Spain. He died as a disappointed man, feeling he had been mistreated by his patron, King Ferdinand of Spain. He explored Central America, South America, and the West Indies.
1790: Paris was divided into 48 zones
The National Constituent Assembly created 48 territorial and administrative divisions to replace the 60 districts. This was done by a decree of 21 May 1790 which was sanctioned by King Louis XVI on 27 June. Each section was made up of a civil committee, a revolutionary committee, and an armed force.
1881: The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton
The American Red Cross is also known as The American National Red Cross. It is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. Founded by Clara Barton on May 21 1881, the American Red Cross is a non-profit organization. Clara Barton was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and a patent clerk.
1908 1st horror movie, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde premieres in Chicago
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was a silent horror film starring Hobart Bosworth, and Betty Harte in her film debut. It was directed by Otis Turner and produced by William N. Selig. The movie was based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
1927: Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic
The aviator Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh was just 25 years old when he completed the trip. Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator, author, military officer, inventor, and activist.
1991: In Madras, India, a suicide bomber killed the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest Prime Minister of India, aged 40. Today’s date marks his 29th death anniversary. He was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres in a suicide bombing attack at a rally at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. It was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam aka Dhanu, a member of the LTTE.
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