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325 – The First Council of Nicea: The first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held. (This is where the “Nicene Creed” was formed.)
1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India.
1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas.
1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1891 – The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototypekinetoscope, a precursor to film.
1899 – The first traffic ticket in the US is issued to New York City taxi driver Jacob German, who was arrested for speeding for driving a terrifying 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street.
1916 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
1927 – At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
1940 – The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a newconcentration camp at Auschwitz.
1949 – In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
1956 – In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1964 – Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
1985 – Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
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