TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1808

Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 5 in C mi­nor, Op. 67, Sym­phony No. 6 in F ma­jor, Op. 68, and Pi­ano Con­certo No. 4 in G ma­jor, Op. 58, had their world pre­mieres in Vi­enna, Aus­tria.

1894

French army of­fi­cer Al­fred Drey­fus was con­victed of trea­son in a court-mar­tial that trig­gered world­wide charges of anti-Semitism. (Drey­fus was even­tu­ally vin­di­cated.)

1944

Dur­ing the World War II Bat­tle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. An­thony C. McAuliffe re­jected a Ger­man de­mand for sur­ren­der, writ­ing “Nuts!” in his of­fi­cial re­ply.

1984

New York City res­i­dent Bern­hard Goetz shot and wounded four youths on a Man­hat­tan sub­way, claim­ing they were about to rob him.

2010

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed a law al­low­ing gays for the first time in his­tory to serve openly in Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary, re­peal­ing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” pol­icy.

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