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On This Day

  • The College of Arms, one of the few remaining official heraldic authorities in Europe, was established by royal charter in London.
  • French inventor Claude Chappe and his brothers first demonstrated the semaphore line, a signalling system of conveying information by means of visual signals, using towers (replica pictured) with pivoting shutters, also known as blades or paddles.
  • The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, precursor to the United Steel Workers of America, made a dramatic breakthrough when it signed a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel.
  • Vietnam War: The American and South Vietnamese air forces began Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam that eventually became the most intense air/ground battle waged during the Cold War period.
  • Aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28, Czech Vladimír Remek became the first person not from the Soviet Union or the United States to go into space.

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

In the News

  • Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow.
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission votes to reclassify Internet broadband as a utility, enforcing net neutrality rules for the service.
  • Avijit Roy, a secularist activist and blogger, is murdered in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • British soldier Joshua Leakey is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the war in Afghanistan.
  • A gunman kills eight people and commits suicide in the Czech town of Uherský Brod.
  • Birdman wins four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, at the Academy Awards.

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