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1980 - U.S.A. Mount St. Helens
1980 : Mount St. Helens located in the Cascade Range erupted and blasted 1,300 ft off it's top that sent hot mud, gas and ashes running down it's slopes 9 casualties have so far been identified with a further 48 persons missing presumed dead, the explosion sent plumes of dark gray ash some 60,000 feet in the air which blocked out the rays from the sun making it seem like night over eastern Washington.
1921 - Typhus on Ellis Island
1921 : Following a case of Typhus Ellis Island has been under quarantine. More than 1,700 immigrants who may have come in contact are also in quarantine while the island is fumigated and cleaned up , it will several days before the island is opened again for immigration.
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1929 - U.S.A. Al Capone
1929 : Al Capone is today in prison following his plea of guilty to the minor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, it is believed he pled guilty to these offences to help him stay safe in prison, he is best known for his domination of the Chicago Beer Runners and is believed to have been behind the St Valentines Day massacre.
1930 - U.S.A. Strengthening Prohibition Enforcement
1930 : Following pressure from the temperance movement, President Hoover has recommended strengthening the prohibition enforcement by moving enforcement to the justice department. This places the day to day dry rules under Attorney General Mitchell, It is also proposed to strengthen and unify border patrols.

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1940 - World War II
1940 : Germany continues in it's quest for control of Europe and has captured Antwerp and continuing it's push to Paris with a multi pronged attack, the allies are fighting hard to keep control of Flanders, but Germany has superiority in the air and flame throwing tanks. In the USA President Roosevelt is asking industrialists to increase production of aircraft to help the allies.
1950 - England NATO
1950 : 12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation / NATO a permanent organisation for the defense of the United States and Europe. The 12 nations included in the beginning are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States.
1964 - MODS and Rockers Whitsun Weekend Fights
1964 : Large numbers of Mods and Rockers involved in violent clashes at a number of seaside resorts on the south coast of England are given prison sentences following the Whitsun weekend when hundreds were arrested in Brighton, Margate, Bournemouth and Clacton following running battles between police and up to 1,000 Mods and Rockers. The Mods and Rockers also had mass fights between the two gangs on the local beaches and promenades. Mods wore designer suits and Parka jackets and rode Vespa or Lambretta scooters bedecked with mirrors with favorite bands including The Who. Rockers wore leathers and rode motorbikes with no crash helmets with favorite music including Elvis Presley.
1969 - U.S.A. Apollo 10
1969 : Apollo 10 takes off for the dry run for Apollo 11's mission to land a man on the moon later in the year.
1973 - U.S.A. General John Mitchell
1973 : Former Attorney General John Mitchell has vowed he will not become the fall guy for the Watergate Scandal and predicted President Nixon would ether resign or be impeached due to the Watergate affair.
1974 - India Becomes Nuclear Power
1974 : India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon making India the world's sixth nuclear power joining the existing the 5 existing Nuclear Powers of United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, China, and France. The Nuclear Bomb was a fission bomb similar in explosive power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
1989 - China Protesters Demand More Democratic Political System
1989 : One million protesters take to the streets marching through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Just a few weeks later in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government put an end to protests by the use of force and crushed the protests.
1991 - Great Britain Helen Sharman
1991 : Britain's first astronaut, 27-year-old Helen Sharman aboard the Soviet Soyuz TM-12 space capsule becomes the first Britain in Space.
1998 - U.S.A. Microsoft Anti-Trust Case
1998 : The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and twenty U.S. states file a case that alleged that Microsoft Corp. abused it's monopoly power in its handling of operating system sales and web browser sales. The case revolved around Microsoft should be allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system.
2006 - Italian Prime Minister Speaks on Iraq War
2006 : The newly elected Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, denounced the war in Iraq and stated his intentions to pull Italian troops out of Iraq.
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2007 - Netherlands Gorilla Loose in Zoo
2007 : A four hundred pound gorilla named Bokito escaped from its holding area at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. The eleven-year-old gorilla climbed out of its enclosure and injured several people before zookeepers were able evacuate the zoo and sedate him with a dart.
2009 - Lithuania Elects First Female President
2009 : Dalia Grybauskaite was elected Lithuania's president with sixty-eight percent of the vote, becoming the first female president in that country. She was the European Union budget commissioner, and was viewed as an fair and level-headed leader by many voters who looked for a leader to face and combat a declining economy and domestic tensions.
2011 - United States Man Eats 25,00th Big Mac
2011 : Don Gorske of the state of Wisconsin, ate his record-breaking 25,000th Bic Mac. The retired prison guard had been keeping track of his consumption of the McDonald's burger for thirty-nine years and keeps close track of his overall consumption. Despite doctors not recommending this diet, Gorske maintained a healthy weight and low cholesterol.
2012 - Maryland Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce
2012 : The highest court in the US state of Maryland has ruled that same-sex divorce is legal in the state even though same-sex marriage is not yet legal. Gay marriage was made legal in the state in March but would not come into effect until January of the next year.
2013 - French President Signs Gay Marriage Bill
2013 : Francois Hollande, France's president, signed the bill making same-sex marriage legal in the country into law. France became the ninth European country to legalize gay marriage, and the fourteenth in the world to do so. The first same-sex marriages were set to take place ten days after the signing of the bill.

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Pope John Paul II
Born: Karol Józef Wojtyla, May 18th, 1920, Wadowice, Poland
Died: April 2nd, 2005, Vatican City
Known For : John Paul II was Pope between 1978 and 2005, and was the first Pope from outside of Italy since Adrian VI (in 1523). On leaving Marcin Wadowita school in Wadowice, he entered Krakow's Jagiellonian University and spent time at a school for drama. The university was closed by the Germans in 1939, and Karol worked in a quarry until 1944, and in a chemical factory. After the war, he returned to his education by attending seminaries in Krakow and continued in his study of theology at Jagiellonian University. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Sapieha on November 1, 1946, and was sent to Rome to complete his doctorate in theology in 1948. On return to Poland he acted as vicar in the parishes of Krakow. He returned to studying of philosophy and theology in 1951, and became Bishop of Ombi in 1958. He was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 1964, cardinal in 1967 and elected Pope in the Conclave of October 16th, 1978. As Pope he took part in thirty-eight official visits, seven hundred and thirty-eight audiences with heads of state and two hundred and forty-six audiences or meetings with prime ministers.