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On This Day

  • Holy Roman Emperor Otto III issued a document containing the earliest known use of "Osterrîchi", the Old High German name of Austria.
  • The first recorded performance of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest was held at the Palace of Whitehall in London, exactly seven years after the first certainly known performance of his tragedy Othello was held in the same building.
  • The Colony of New Zealand dissolved its nine provinces and replaced them with 63 counties.
  • Two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate U.S. President Harry S. Truman .
  • Lê Quang Tung, loyalist head of the South Vietnam Special Forces, was executed in a US-backed coup against President Ngô Đình Diệm following a period of religious unrest.

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

In the News

  • Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes in the Mojave Desert during a test flight, killing one person.
  • Following violent protests, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré resigns.
  • In baseball, the San Francisco Giants defeat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series (MVP Madison Bumgarner pictured).
  • An Antares rocket explodes during the launch of the unmanned Cygnus CRS-3 spacecraft to the International Space Station.
  • The Botswana Democratic Party maintains its majority in Parliament after the general election.

Audio content relating to news items featured on the front page of Wikipedia today.