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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Today in History -- November 8

A 1308 – The Doctor Subtilis, the Blessed John Duns Scotus, dies at age 43 at the Franciscan studium at Cologne.

1519 – Hernán Cortés enters the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. Emperor Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration, but later will come to regret his hospitality..

1576 – Representatives at the States-General of the Netherlands sign the Pacification of Ghent, the document that will unite them in opposition to Spanish rules.

1836 – Milton Bradley is born at Vienna, Maine. He will forever change American childhood by designing games that do not (like those of his predecssors) teach moral lessons, but rather encourage children to pursue wealth and worldly success.

1848 – Philosopher and logician Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege is born at Wismar in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

1889 – Montana becomes the 41st U.S. state.

1895 – While working with vacuum tubes in his laboratory, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a new kind of radiation that, for lack of a better word, he temporarily calls the "X" ray.

1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law a bill allowing the National Football League and its rival American Football League to merge without violating the antitrust laws.


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