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On This Day

  • The Act of Toleration became law in England, granting freedom of worship to Nonconformists under certain circumstances, but deliberately excluding Catholics.
  • The nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was first published as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale.
  • Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia married Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, one of the last great social events of European royalty before World War I began fourteen months later.
  • United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy met with African American author James Baldwin in an unsuccessful attempt to improve race relations.
  • On the Kola Peninsula in Russia, drilling began on the Kola Superdeep Borehole, eventually reaching 12,262 metres (40,230 ft), making it the deepest hole ever drilled and the deepest artificial point on the earth.
  • More anniversaries:

Audio content relating to events that happened on this day in history, according to Wikipedia.

In the News

  • Måns Zelmerlöw , representing Sweden with the song "Heroes", wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
  • Ireland becomes the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by constitutional referendum.
  • At least 21 people are killed by a suicide bomb in Qatif, Saudi Arabia.
  • Five banks charged with manipulating foreign exchange rates plead guilty and agree to fines totaling over US$5.7 billion.
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captures the strategic city of Ramadi, Iraq, and the historic city of Palmyra, Syria.
  • A landslide in Salgar, Colombia, kills more than 75 people.
  • In association football, FC Barcelona win La Liga.
  • Ongoing events:
    • Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen
  • Recent deaths:
    • John Forbes Nash, Jr.
    • Marques Haynes

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