1525 – The Catholic princes of Germany formed the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.
1553 – Fifteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days. Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen.
1788 – Prices plunged on the Paris stock market.
1799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.
1848 – The Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Fall, NY. Bloomers were introduced at the convention.
1870 – France declared war on Prussia.
1909 – The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.
1939 – Dr. Roy P. Scholz became the first surgeon to use fiberglass sutures.
1942 – German U-boats were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
1943 – During World War II, more than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attacked Rome for the first time.
1946 – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test.
1960 – Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.
1964 – In Illinois, Cahokia Mounds was designated as a U.S. National Landmark.
1971 – In New York, the topping out ceremony for Two World Trade Center (South Tower) took place. The ceremony for One World Trade Center had taken place on December 23, 1970.
1974 – The House Judiciary Committee recommended that U.S. President Richard Nixon should stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges against him.
1975 – The Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts separated after being linked in orbit for two days.
1979 – In Nicaragua, the dictatorship of the Somozas was overthrown by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional or FSLN).
1982 – The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
1984 – Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
1985 – George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall.
1985 – Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died with six others when the Challenger exploded the following year.
Breaking news — Brazil is about to hand over a giant protected Amazon parkland the size of Portugal (!) to corrupt businessmen for mining, logging and farming.
Scientists say moves like this could tip the whole Amazon into catastrophic crisis — warning the whole forest ecosystem could collapse!
But there’s a way we can stop it. Brazil is desperate to sign a huge trade deal with the EU this year — let’s demand Europe makes any deal conditional on stopping Amazon destruction.
Click to sign the petition, and when it’s massive, we’ll deliver it straight to the EU negotiating team to stop Brazil killing the Amazon.
Brazil’s Amazon crisis is being driven by massive corruption — many of the politicians backing these laws own companies that would benefit from Amazon destruction!
As things stand those companies would profit from the deal, which covers trade between Europe and South American countries like Brazil and Argentina. But France has just said it will ban destructive Amazon imports, and if Europe does the same, we can show it doesn’t pay to destroy the forest.
Let’s build a giant call to Europe to make sure this trade deal protects the Amazon! Sign now, share widely and let’s stop corruption killing the Amazon.
The Amazon produces 20% of our oxygen, is home to 10% of species on Earth and is a key defence against climate change. If we lose it, we could lose everything — which is why the Avaaz community has fought to protect it time and time again.
With hope and determination,
Brazil to open up 860,000 acres of protected Amazon rainforest to logging, mining and farming (Independent)
Temer pushes Amazon deforestation bill in Brazil (Finanical Times)
Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’ (BBC)
Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction (The Guardian)
If Brazil Allows Terra Legal Changes, Land Grabbers Win and the Amazon Loses (Mongabay)
Amazon Protectors: Brazil’s Indigenous People Struggle to Stave Off Loggers (VOA)