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69

Ro­man Em­peror Servius Sulpi­cius Galba, who suc­ceeded Nero in 68AD, is as­sas­si­nated by the Prae­to­rian Guard in the Ro­man Fo­rum. Otho takes power but lasts only three months.

1559

El­iz­a­beth I, the daugh­ter of Henry VIII and his sec­ond wife Anne Bo­leyn, is crowned Queen of Eng­land.

1759

The British Mu­seum opens in Mon­tagu House in Blooms­bury.

1790

The mu­ti­neers aboard the ship HMS Bounty and their Tahi­tian part­ners ar­rive at Pit­cairn Is­land, where they hope to es­tab­lish a colony.

1797

James Hether­ing­ton, a Lon­don hab­er­dasher, is fined for wear­ing his new­est cre­ation — the top hat.

1919

Rosa Lux­em­burg and Karl Liebknecht are tor­tured and mur­dered by mem­bers of the Freiko­rps at the end of the Spartacist upris­ing in Ger­many.

1927

The first Aus­tralian Grand Prix is held in Goul­burn. It is won by Ge­off Mered­ith of Win­del­lama in his Bu­gatti.

2001

Launched by US en­tre­pre­neur Jimmy Wales, the free en­cy­clopae­dia with user­gen­er­ated con­tent known as Wikipedia goes on­line.

2004

NASA sci­en­tists send the ro­botic rover Spirit out for its first spin on Mar­tian soil, com­mand­ing the sixwheeled ve­hi­cle to roll off its land­ing plat­form.

2009

US Air­ways Capt Ch­es­ley ”Sully” Sul­len­berger ditches his plane in the Hud­son River after a flock of birds dis­ables both the plane’s en­gines. All 155 peo­ple aboard sur­vive.

2018

A mez­za­nine floor at the Jakarta Stock Ex­change col­lapses, in­jur­ing 77 peo­ple.

2009

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