- 1702 – The Daily Courant, England‘s first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.
- 1708 – Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
- 1824 – The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- 1848 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
- 1861 – American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
- 1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
- 1918 – The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
- 1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.
- 2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Had enough? Then let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
The quickly shifting language of the transgender community
He, she, ze, and how to navigate a new landscape
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