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In 1529, Span­ish diplo­mat and writer Juan de Valdes pub­lished his Di­a­logue on Chris­tian Doc­trine. It paved the way for Protes­tant ideas in Spain.

In 1645, the Com­pany of New France gave up trad­ing rights in Canada to colonists liv­ing in the new land.

In 1671, over 300 years be­fore El Nino be­came a house­hold word, Canada had its short­est win­ter on record. The first snow of the win­ter fell in Que­bec on this date in 1671. The ice and snow had nearly all melted away by the mid­dle of March. But home­stead­ers weren’t re­joic­ing at the lack of chill in the air -- they de­pended on the cold to keep food sup­plies from spoil­ing. Many starved be­cause of the short win­ter.

In 1742, English as­tronomer Ed­mond Hal­ley, who ob­served the comet that bears his name, died at age 85.

In 1784, the United States rat­i­fied a peace treaty with Eng­land, end­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.

In 1858, Ital­ian rev­o­lu­tion­ist Felice Orsini at­tempted to as­sas­si­nate French Em­peror Napoleon III.

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