1520. After three days in the Strait, three ships under the overall command of Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
1814. For the first time, the Times of London is printed via automatic, steam powered presses, beginning the mass availability of newspapers.
1907. In Haverhill, Massachusetts, former scrap metal dealer Louis Mayer premiers a movie at his new theater, a remodeled former burlesque theater. It is the beginning of his rise to power, culminating in running Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for over 25 years.
1942. The famous (around here at least) Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts, kills nearly 500 people when the popular nightclub erupts in flames. To this date it is the second deadliest building fire in American history, and it briefly replaced WWII news as the shocked nation reacted to the calamity with an outpouring of grief. It also triggered a wave of revitalized building and fire codes. Contributing to the deahts were that the main entrance was a single revolvign door, which quickly became jammed when too many people rushed to the exit, and second, the bolting closed of many other exits to prevent patrons from leaving without paying their bills. Other side doors opened inward, and the crush of people trying to escape left them inoperable.
1943. The Tehran Conference between FDR, Churchill and Stalin is held.
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