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On this day in his­tory:

1349 - 3000 Jews were killed in Black Death ri­ots in Efurt Ger­many.

1556 - Thomas Cran­mer, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, was burned at the stake at Ox­ford af­ter re­tract­ing the last of seven re­can­ta­tions that same day.

1788 - Al­most the en­tire city of New Or­leans, LA, was de­stroyed by fire. 856 build­ings were de­stroyed.

1804 - The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was adopted.

1824 - A fire at a Cairo am­mu­ni­tions dump killed 4000 horses.

1857 - An earth­quake hit Tokyo killing about 107,000.

1895 - South Aus­tralia’s Suf­frage Act is pro­claimed af­ter be­ing passed by Queen Vic­to­ria.

1908 - A pas­sen­ger was car­ried in a bi-plane for the first time by Henri Far­man of France.

1918 - Dur­ing the First World War, the Ger­mans launched the Somme Of­fen­sive.

1934 - A fire de­stroyed Hako­date, Ja­pan, killing about 1,500.

1941 - The last Ital­ian post in East Libya, North Africa, fell to the Bri­tish.

1945 - Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Al­lied bombers be­gan four days of raids over Ger­many.

1946 - The United Na­tions set up a tem­po­rary head­quar­ters at Hunter Col­lege in New York City.

1960 - About 70 peo­ple were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when po­lice fired upon demon­stra­tors.

1963 - Alcatraz Is­land, the fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary in San Fran­cisco Bay, CA, closed.

1982 - The United States, UK and other West­ern coun­tries con­demned the Soviet in­ter­ven­tion in Afghanistan.

1985 - Po­lice in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks march­ing to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of the Sharpeville shoot­ings. At least 21 demon­stra­tors were killed.

1990 - Namibia be­came in­de­pen­dent of South Africa.

1999 - Is­rael’s Supreme Court re­jected the fi­nal ef­fort to have Amer­i­can Sa­muel Shein­bein re­turned to the U.S. to face mur­der charges for killing Al­fred Tello, Jr. Un­der a plea bar­gain Shein­bein was sen­tenced to 24 years in prison.

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