TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1659, the Pyre­nees were des­ig­nated as the bound­ary be­tween France and Spain, thus end­ing a 24-year war be­tween the two coun­tries. In 1665, the “Lon­don Gazette” was pub­lished for the first time. In 1781, the last pub­lic burn­ing by the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion took place in Seville. In 1793, dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion, Chris­tian­ity was abol­ished. Rea­son was de­i­fied, and as many as 2,000 churches were de­stroyed through­out France. In 1804, Napoleon de­clared him­self em­peror, thus end­ing the First Repub­lic of France. In 1807, the Lewis and Clark ex­pe­di­tion sighted the Pa­cific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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