286. Roman Emperor Diocletian raises Maximian to Caesar
293. Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian raise Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as Caesares, beginning the Tetrarchy.
1692. Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem Witch Trials.
1805. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase is acquitted of his impeachment trial.
1845. President Tyler signs a bill authorizin the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
1872. Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park.
1873. Remington and Sons begin production of the world's first practical typewriter.
1893. Nikola Tesla makes the first public demonstration of the radio in St. Louis.
1932. The son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped.
1936. The Hoover Dam is completed.
1953. Josef Stalin collapses from a stroke, and dies four days later.
1954. The United States detonates Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton nuclear device, at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Far more powerful than expected, it was 1,200 times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and remains to this day the most powerful nuclear bomb detonated by the United States. The unexpected strength of teh bomb leads to the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States, poisoning some native islanders and the crew of a Japanese fishing boat. It also leads to international concern over the dangers of nuclear testing.
1961. The Peace Corps is established.
1974. Seven men are indicted for beraking into the Watergate hotel and obstruction of justice, leading to the Watergate scandal that eventually brings down President Nixon.
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