Today in History



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1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England. 1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned in Westminster Abbey. 1649 – French court leaves Paris at outbreak of Fronde Rebellion. 1759 – The British Museum, in London, opens to the public. 1777 – New Connecticut declares its independence. The tiny republic later becomes Vermont. 1797 – First top hat worn by John Etherington of London. 1892 – The rules of basketball are published for the first time, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game originates. 1919 – German revolutionaries Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxembourg are murdered during a failed uprising. 1922 – The Irish Free State is established as a dominion of the British Commonwealth of Nations. 1967 – The first Super Bowl, in which the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles. 1970 – Start of a three-day visit to NZ by US vice-president Spiro Agnew, sparking violent anti-Vietnam War protests; Biafran rebels in Nigeria surrender after a two-year war. 2001 – Open-source internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia is launched. 2009 – US Airways pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger safely lands his passenger plane, with 155 people on board, on New York City’s Hudson River after a bird strike causes its engines to fail. 2018 – US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar. 2021 – The World Health Organisation announces that the global death toll from Covid-19 has passed 2 million.