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On This Day

  • Thutmose III became the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, although during the first 22 years of the reign he was co-regent with his aunt, Hatshepsut.
  • Schmalkaldic War: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, led Imperial troops to a decisive victory in the Battle of Mühlberg over the Lutheran Schmalkaldic League of Protestant princes.
  • The Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar in the development of quantum mechanics, was presented to the German Physical Society.
  • The first portion of the Imperial Wireless Chain, a strategic international wireless telegraphy communications network created to link the countries of the British Empire, opened.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in mission STS-31.

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In the News

  • At the Boston Marathon, American Meb Keflezighi wins the men's race and Kenyan Rita Jeptoo wins the women's race.
  • An avalanche on Mount Everest kills sixteen Nepalese guides.
  • NASA ends the LADEE mission by intentionally crashing the spacecraft into the Moon.
  • Abdelaziz Bouteflika is re-elected President of Algeria.
  • Fifty-eight people are killed in an attack on a United Nations base in Bor, South Sudan, during an ongoing conflict.

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